Gary Locke was defiant in defeat this evening as Dundee United earned a difficult three points in tonight's tight encounter at Tynecastle.
Despite an even first half, Brian Graham's tap-in following poor play in midfield put the Arabs ahead at the break. Hearts had chances to level, but Nadir Ciftci capitalised on slack defending to smash a stunning effort into the top corner with 20 minutes left to double United's lead.
Although Danny Wilson's headed goal gave the Jambos hope in the last ten minutes, the Terrors held firm to record victory.
After the match, the manager offered his thoughts on the 90 minutes, and looked ahead to next weekend's Edinburgh derby against Hibs.
"I didn't think there was a lot in the game", he said. "The way we lost the first goal was poor. The second goal was a fantastic finish though, it's not the first time Ciftci's done that this season. I thought we showed great character to get back into it."
"It was about the chances both teams had. They took more of theirs than we did. We're not naive enough to think that relegation couldn't happen, nor were we at the start of the season."
"With the squad we had, and the fifteen point deduction, it was always going to be a monumental task, and we're almost at the end of the road. We just have to plod on, keep the heads up."
Depending on results, Hearts could go into next weekend's match relegated from the Premiership, but the manager held hope that results would go the way of Hearts, and that they could get a chance to fight another day.
"We want to go into the next game with a chance of staying up and our heads held high. Obviously there are various permutations, and the teams above us play three times between now and then, but we'd like to have a chance."