Gary Locke tonight declared himself delighted with his players' effort, despite their six game unbeaten run coming to an end against an inspired Partick Thistle at Tynecastle.
Despite heading in at the interval with a 2-1 advantage thanks to goals from Callum Paterson and Danny Wilson, a three-goal salvo from Thistle in the second half, including an absolute howitzer from Gary Fraser, gave the Maryhill men the win, and with it SPFL Premiership safety.
After the match, Gary was looking on the bright side about tonight's result, preferring to focus on the positives including his side's dynamic attacking play, but admitted that his side's run of good form had left the young players running on empty towards the end of the game.
"I was really pleased with the players' effort tonight", he said. "We scored two good goals and looked dangerous going forward. To be fair to Thistle, their equaliser was a stunning strike.
"I'm a wee bit disappointed with the third goal we lost, the players deserve enormous credit but they just tired towards the end. The way they've applied themselves over the past few months has been excellent and I'm really proud."
"Partick played really well tonight. They play excellent football, and you saw what it meant to their supporters tonight, so we have to credit them for how they played."
The manager saved his final words for the magnificent Hearts support, with tonight's attendance beating the 14,000 mark. Despite the defeat, the manager wanted to give thanks to the fans who have inspired his side at times this season, and sent a message hoping their support could help propel Hearts back into the top flight next season.
"The support has been unbelievable all season. Having that support behind us, and myself, is a great help to the players. Everybody at the club is pulling together, and you saw that again tonight. With that backing, hopefully we can bounce straight back up next season."