Jimmy Dunne believes Saturday’s win over Aberdeen shows that Hearts won’t be pushed over by anyone in the league, despite the loss of several key players.
The Jambos faced the Dons at Tynecastle without the services of John Souttar and Uche Ikepazu – who will both miss the next five months – and Peter Haring.
With Christophe Berra already out long-term, questions were asked if the men in maroon could bounce back from a defeat at Ibrox and get back to winning ways.
Bounce back they did, with Arnaud Djoum and Steven Naismith goals sealing a 2-1 win.
Dunne was instrumental in the heart of the Jambos’ defence and he insists it’s not by chance that his side continues to sit at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
“We're not going to be pushed over,” he said. “The good run we've had isn't a coincidence.
“It's a lot of games we've won now and we're really starting to take shape. We're not easily pushed over and we showed that.
Were we expected to fall on our face after defeat and losing key players? I think that's what most teams would do.
“They'd throw their hearts in to at and maybe would have the same attitude but the lads that have come in showed unbelievable character and the lads who have been in the team previously stood up again and stepped it up at level.
“You really have to applaud the ones that came in and out a shift in like that. It was outstanding.
“We know we're top and that's all we need to know. The attitude is brilliant because it's game by game by game and we don't look past that.
“We've got Dundee next and we don't look past that - nobody is talking about anything else."