HIBS defender Darren McGregor claimed his side’s 3-1 win over Dunfermline, which ended a five-game winless run, will kick-start Neil Lennon’s side’s season.
The Edinburgh outfit are now three points clear of Dundee United at the top of the Championship table.
And the former St Mirren and Rangers star insisted the team produced their best 45 minutes of the campaign as they fought back from losing a first-half penalty-kick which was converted by Kallum Higginbotham.
But a deflected James Keatings shot, a Grant Holt penalty and a strike in added-on time from substitute Brian Graham gave Hibs their first win since beating Dumbarton six weeks ago.
McGregor revealed the second-half display had been prompted by some wise words from the ex-Celtic manager at the interval.
He said: “The gaffer had a few choice words, that’s the way he is. He had a good word with us and said to go out and give it a right good go, which we did.
“We have to step up to the mark, we know coming to places like this will be difficult, but with the players and talent we know we have, we can play well.
“I think we let our standards slip in the first-half, but in the second we showed character and the potential we have.
“I would say that was our best 45 minutes of the season, we scored three, didn’t concede and we didn’t allow them to create much, so I thought it was good.”