Heart of Midlothian manager Jim Jefferies wants his team to bounce back to winning ways when they host St Mirren on Saturday.

Hearts have endured a min-slump, losing their past two league outings and failing to win in three, after a run of 13 victories in 17 matches.

During the week they lost 2-0 to Dundee United with a very disappointing showing and Jefferies says they need to get back to their best when they take on the 11th-placed Buddies at Tynecastle.

"At Hearts we've got to do it the hard way," he said. "A draw is the worst we should have got up there because it would have been a better result for us than them. But it's not to be and you get that. We've had a lot of good times and you have to sometimes take it. A couple of bad results were always going to be round the corner.

"That's why we've got a great cushion but we've got to start winning again.

"Saturday becomes a big game because if we get a win it can all change again and we could be a bit more comfortable."