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Robinson thinking of positives

Scott Robinson believes Hearts can still avoid the drop after sealing their first Scottish Premiership win for two-and-a-half months.

The midfielder struck with 10 minutes to go to earn Hearts a 2-1 victory over Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium and put the administration-hit side in the black in the Scottish Premiership table for the first time following their 15-point deduction.

Callum Paterson gave Hearts a deserved lead in the 37th minute with a tap-in following a David Smith corner but Yann Songo'o levelled on the stroke of half time when he headed home a Richard Brittain free-kick.

The match looked to be heading for a draw but Robinson pounced on a Michael Fraser punch-out to drill the ball into the net.

The win leaves Hearts 19 points behind Partick Thistle on two points but Robinson said: "We won't give up. Everyone thinks we've gone already and we know its going to be hard to stay up. But if we're going to be relegated we'll go down fighting."

He added: "It was our goal at the start of the season to get into positive points and we're there now. It has taken us a bit longer than we'd hoped, but that doesn't matter now.

"We're gong for three points in every single game from now to the end of the season.

"The performances in the last few games have been good and things are looking a wee bit better for us now."

It was Robinson's first goal for Hearts for over two years. He said: "I'd forgotten what it was like to score. It as a great feeling to get the winner."

Ross County defender Brian McLean admitted his side got what they deserved as they suffered their first defeat of 2014.

He said: "Hearts were the better team, they thoroughly deserved their three points.

"We had a lot of confidence going into the game but we were a bit disjointed at times - it was very disappointing, especially being at home."

McLean, who has been a big part of the County renaissance since the New Year - a period which had seen them take 10 points from a possible 12, added: "We did extremely well to go in 1-1 at half time. It was a very sloppy start collectively, we need to address that. We need to make sure we start at a much higher tempo against Kilmarnock on Saturday."

The former Dundee United player added: "For the first 45 minutes we could easily have been three or four-nil down. We never managed to come out of the traps in the second half either which was extremely disappointing."