Gary Locke insists Hearts will not approach their Scottish Premiership clash with St Mirren any differently - despite the fact that they have collected just one point from their last four league games.
St Mirren have yet to win this season but remain nine points clear of Hearts courtesy of the latter's 15-point penalty as a consequence of their recent finanical strife.
Locke said: "They are all big games. Since the season started every game is a cup final for us because of the situation we are in.
"Obviously St Mirren are the team above us but we are going into this game no differently from any other.
"It's a home game, we are going to try and win it, but it's just as important as the next five or six games coming up.
"Psychologically it would be a huge win but we watched them the other night and, once they got a goal ahead, they looked as if their confidence was coming back.
"They have a lot of good players, the big boy Thompson up front is a handful, and Paul McGowan is a good player.
"I know they have not got off to the best of starts but they are a good side and we know how difficult it's going to be.
"We have 38 games to eat into the points deduction and that's what we aim to do."