Motherwell's point was a fitting reward for a gritty team effort. From front to back we matched a buoyant Hearts team on their own turf and left in high spirits with a draw that felt like a win.
The result was built on the base of a fine defensive platform offered by Dunne, Kipré and Aldred. The trio dominated their box but they were ably supported by the rest of the team who found the energy to press their opponents throughout the game.
The contrast between the weak and weary displays that typified our December and the renewed vim and vigour on show at Tynecastle underlines the importance of this season's winter break. Debates will continue about the value of a three week lay-off in January but there is no doubt that it will prove to be of great benefit to us in the current campaign.
Ciftci got another hour in his tank and must be well on his way to proper match fitness. Main continues to impress. He was in position to force the ball over the line in the 95th minute for his second goal in his three outings but he has other attributes. Main does well as a target man showing strength to hold the ball or to knock a header to give others a chance and he seems happy to chase and challenge when needed.
Cadden seems to be returning to the form that earned him so many compliments in earlier months. As the transfer deadline approaches will potential suitors offer enough to tempt the club to sell?
The busy spell continues with a couple of midweek fixtures still in the diary. We will travel to Easter Road on Wednesday to face the other on-form Edinburgh side and the bunch of fans who make the journey will not complain if we can earn another point.