Hearts head coach Ian Cathro admits his side took their frustrations out on Rangers in Wednesday’s 4-1 thrashing after being hurt by a poor run of form.
Former Newcastle United Cathro, who recruited nine new players during the January transfer window, collected only his second Premiership victory in seven outings since replacing Robbie Neilson.
A Jamie Walker brace and efforts from Krystian Nowak and Don Cowie saw Hearts net four goals past Rangers, who had drawn level through Emerson Hyndham, for the first time in nearly a decade.
He said: “I’m pleased that a lot of people have been able to let out some of the frustrations they’ve had with there difficult moments we’ve experienced so far. I think that was a factor in a lot of the game.
“Sometimes it hurts and we all hurt but we stay strong collectively. None of the noise gets in but sometimes you still suffer.
“I enjoyed seeing the players enjoying themselves let it all out. It’s out now and we move on.
“I never had any doubt about where we would go and the stage we would reach. The only thing that was difficult and frustrated me was the 17,000 fans inside the stadium not seeing that yet.
“They were asked to believe and take my word for it and sometimes that’s difficult. The longer that goes on, the more difficult it is. What pleases me is that everyone else has had a glimpse into that and hopefully they’re excited about the ride.
“What pleased me most was the fact that the performance lasted for the entire 90 minutes. I think that’s important.
“Every time the ball went dead our players were together and we were strong and fighting. We wanted to say on top. Only good teams want to stay on top.”