Kyle Lafferty believes that gritty performances like Saturday’s win at Hamilton Academical will see Hearts rise up the league table.
The Jambos emerged from the Superseal Stadium with a 2-1 win after Ross Callachan’s early strike was complimented by Lafferty’s 23rd minute penalty.
The Northern Ireland striker thinks his side have already shown this season that they are capable of grinding out performances in difficult games, which will see them look up the Premiership table.
“I think if we grind out results then we’ll be up there,” he said. “We’ll get the results that we need to if we go in front and make it difficult for teams to break us down, which we have done against some of the better teams this season.
“It’s going to be a long, hard season, teams will take points off of each other but if we keep going the way we are we’ll be up there.
“I’ve come here expecting us to be in the top six, top four and bringing Hearts into Europe.
“We had a tough game the week before against Aberdeen and I think they’ll be right up the league this year as well.
“To defend well against them and come away with a very good point, we’re doing well.
“At Ibrox, as well, we were put under pressure but we came away with a point, so we’re getting the points that people perhaps think we shouldn’t be getting.
“Hamilton started well and with the pitch they’re probably used to it more than us.
“It’s a difficult place to come but we’ve obviously went there and got three points and we’re looking forward to this weekend.”