Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs insists there is too much at stake to start feeling sorry for themselves.
The Leith side’s Championship title hopes were all but extinguished a 1-0 defeat at Queen of the South on Tuesday after a third successive loss saw Rangers move 14 points clear at the summit.
But with a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Inverness on Sunday and a League Cup final showdown with Ross County the following weekend, Stubbs, whose side can still gain promotion via the play-offs, insists there is no time to wallow in self-pity.
Stubbs, speaking to Hibs TV, said: “We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing but there will be nobody feeling sorry for themselves.
“There’s a huge amount to play for and we’re not losing track of that.
“You can look at it in terms of getting a break from the league but we can’t take any comfort from that with the fact we lost a game.
“We’ve got another big game on Sunday and we go again.
“We’ve had a tough week where we’ve not had what we potentially deserved from the games and that’s what makes it even more painful.
“It will make us stronger, it has to.”
Stubbs, who has also watched his side fall to defeats to Morton and Dumbarton, added: “We’re not actually playing poorly but we’re not getting the rub of the green in front of goal.
“We have to keep creating chances and if we do that then we know we’ll take them sooner rather than later.”
“Queens had limited chances and they took their chance at the end to win the game.”