Post-match reaction to Hearts' 2-1 victory over Hibernian.
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Hibernian manager Terry Butcher claimed his team would play their way to Scottish Premiership safety if they repeated the quality and fight they showed in a 2-1 defeat to Hearts at Easter Road.
Hibs remained just one point above second-bottom Kilmarnock and a play-off place following their sixth consecutive loss but Butcher was encouraged by their display.
Hearts had not threatened before Callum Paterson got above Jordon Forster twice in four minutes to head Hearts into a two-goal lead late in the first half.
Hibs responded and Forster headed a goal back midway through the second half but substitute James Collins missed a wonderful late chance to earn a valuable point.
Butcher said: "There's no consolation when you lose a derby match but that's the best we have played for a long, long time.
"We didn't deserve to lose the game but we have shot ourselves in the foot really. We have lost the game ourselves with two real poor pieces of marking. Paterson has two free headers and it's 2-0 and all the good work is undone.
"The reaction was good from the players, we got a goal back and couldn't get that equaliser but I thought the boys played really well.
"If we take that sort of quality of performance and that fight and determination into the next three matches then we will be fine.
"I've been in this position as a player and a manager and you need to hold on to things that are positive, and there were a lot of things from today that were positive."
Hibs have two home games left, against Partick Thistle on Saturday and Killie on the final day of the season, with a midweek trip to Ross County in between.
Butcher, who praised the "outstanding" Kevin Thomson, added: "If they can play like they did today, under that pressure in a derby match, knocked it about well and tested Hearts all the way, the players took responsibility on the ball and showed a lot of bottle, I feel we will come through these next three matches very well."
Hearts enjoyed their fourth derby win of an otherwise difficult campaign but manager Gary Locke feels their city rivals will not follow them into the Championship.
"Hibs have got good players and they gave Terry everything today," Locke said. "With the players they have got, I fully expect them to stay up.
"I thought Hibs put us under a lot of pressure. Second half, we found it very difficult. If they play with that spirit and commitment in the next couple of games, they will win."
Hearts have taken 13 points from five games, having their relegation confirmed in the process.
Locke said: "We've been on decent run but the last few games we have won well and played some good football, whereas today the players showed a different side to themselves. They had to battle, it was very physical and they showed another side that I was really proud about."
Hearts are now 15 points behind Hibs - exactly the amount they were deducted for going into administration - and Locke is determined to ensure their ultimate deficit on the second-bottom side remains within that figure.
"It means a lot but we still have three games left so we've not achieved anything yet," he said. "But our target is to get within 15 points and if we can do that, I think it's been a great achievement."