Hearts coach Stephen Frail has warned the club's players to buck their ideas up or risk facing a fight to finish in the top half of the SPL this season.
A 2-1 home reverse at the hands of Motherwell left the Jambos in seventh place in the standings, four points behind sixth-placed Aberdeen.
Frail told the Edinburgh Evening News: "We're Hearts, we're arguably the third biggest club in Scotland but we're not living up to that and we're not showing it.
"Who's to say we won't end up in the bottom six? It's a case of pulling the finger out because there's a real threat of that.
"I believe we have the players, we just need to keep trying to instil a belief in them. We can't beat Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen in the manner we did and not have good players.
"I am not giving up the fight for European football because this club should be there. We need to earn the right to be there and I'll be doing everything I can to make sure we do earn that right.
"At the minute, we're trying to earn the right to win games and push us up the table. That has to be our aim just now."