Perry Kitchen insists he and his teammates must improve every aspect of their game if they are to pick up a result in Inverness tomorrow.
The Jambos journey north to the Highlands on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Kilmarnock in midweek.
Speaking to the media at Tynecastle on Friday morning, the Hearts skipper admitted the disappointing performance was a wake-up call to him and his teammates.
“It was a bit of a reality check for us. We might have needed that, a wake up call,” said Perry.
“Everyone knows it was a tough match for us and we need to be better in every aspect of the game, simple as that.
“We weren’t good enough defensively, we weren’t good enough offensively.
“We went through the video yesterday and it’s up to us to respond now.
“We’ve got a quick turnaround now and it’s about putting that behind us and getting a good result tomorrow.”
Hearts put five past Inverness when the two sides met at Tynecastle earlier this season, but Richie Foran’s side have enjoyed a decent run of form as of late and Perry expects a stern test tomorrow afternoon.
“It’ll be a tough match, we played there last year and it’s not an easy place to go. It’ll be fast paced and a tough game for sure.
“Of course we’d like to replicate the performance that we had against them at home, but the main focus is getting the three points.”