Hearts boss Ian Cathro has urged his players to make sure that Satuday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Dundee is not just another false start.
Isma Goncalves netted the only goal after 13 minutes to end a run of three straight losses and inflict a sixth straight defeat on relegation threatened Dundee.
The Cathro era has so far failed to take off at Tynecastle and the former Newcastle United assistant manager had faced growing doubts over his suitability for the role.
Ahead of next Friday’s last pre-split clash at Kilmarnock, the 30 year-old insists he is desperate to create some momentum as Hearts look to ccatch fourth place St Johnstone and clinch a potential Europa League spot.
Cathro said: “We all know how important it is to build on this.
“We’re pleased to have dealt with Saturday but we’ll move on immediately.
“We have to make sure this isn’t another false start, you know? It’s time to go.
“I think it was more nervy than it should have been, but a lot of that is down to the run that we’ve been on and the feeling around the place.
“Any situation where the game is 1-0, you know you’re going to be defending at the end.
“For us, it became about making sure we were able to get that over the line.
“We did that. Tactically we were fine, we were in the right positions, the fight was there, which people have questioned.”