Pat Fenlon believes Hibernian can build on the 1-1 Edinburgh Derby draw with Hearts and says the team owed that battling, committed performance to the supporters.
Leigh Griffiths' marvellous goal cancelled out Hearts winger Andy Driver's opener and boss Fenlon stresses Sunday's result is the first step towards where Hibernian need to be - an improving, developing team.
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Fenlon said: "I'm pleased with the performance and everything else that goes with it as we had the desire and attitude to win the game.
"From the first whistle until the last we showed real character today and there was a lot of ability out there as well.
"I think when you go a goal down when you're slightly the better team can sometimes knock you back, but in fairness to the two players involved, they are experienced players and they just put it aside and got on with it.
"I thought the character after that was fantastic and we were the better side so it was very pleasing.
"We are a long way with the supporters and owe them a lot more than just getting a point. They were immense again and even though there were a few empty seats, it's up to us to try and make sure we get the punters back through the gates.
"For the ones who did stay away and watch the game, they may think there is a little bit of character about this team so we need them behind us."
Despite the considerable improvement from last week's showing at Tannadice, Fenlon says he is remaining cautious ahead of next weekend's trip to St Mirren.
The Hibernian manager also reveals the club will make every effort to add to the squad before the transfer window closes for business at the end of the month.
He added: "It's only a small step where we've got a point so we're not getting over excited about it. We've got a big game next week so it's like any football club where if you're winning matches then people will come and watch.
"If we can add a few more to the squad then I'll be more than pleased with what we have to be honest. We are looking to bring in players but that's all I can say at the moment.
"I think since he's (Leigh) come back in he's been fantastic for us. This is the first time against Hearts since I've been here he's played the game and hasn't worried about what's gone on previously. He's a big Hibs supporter and he certainly caused them a lot of problems."
Text: Neil McGlade