Jim Jefferies watched his side produce a much-improved second half performance as Hearts earned a point with a 1-1 draw at Inverness, strengthening their grip on third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Aaron Doran's first half opener had Inverness deservedly in front, but Stephen Elliott's equaliser - his eighth goal of the season - ensured the Jambos emerged with a draw against the Highland Capital side, who finished the game with 10-men after Ross Tokely was shown a second yellow card in the latter stages.
Hearts are now nine points clear of Dundee United, albeit they have played a game more, and manager Jefferies was happy enough to have extended that gap after his side had found the going difficult in the opening 45 minutes.
Tynecastle boss Jefferies explained: "They started the game better than us. We were all over the place and second to every ball.
"I took us about half an hour to waken up, although the final 15 minutes of the first half were better.
"We were good in the second half, but the game could have finished 3-3. They have had a claim for the ball crossing the line for a goal not being given, as had we, but we also had one or two other chances to win it."