PAT FENLON was more relieved than elated as Hibs finally secured their SPL place with a resounding 4-0 win over Dunfermline last night.
The result was never in doubt after the home side raced into a three-goal lead after 15 minutes with former Sligo striker Eoin Doyle amongst the scorers.
More than 15,000 fans watched the drama with Fenlon sheepish about his players taking a bow at the final whistle.
"It was more about us showing our appreciation for the supporters than the other way around," the Hibs boss explained.
"Since I've been here they've been fantastic, particularly the travelling support, they've been exceptional. It's a thank you to them.
"We're second last in the league. It's a bit embarrassing, all the celebration, to be honest.
"It was a fantastic start and the early goals took the pressure off and gave the players some confidence.
"It's nice to find some form. It was a decent performance and we've played okay in the last couple of weeks.
"We know how difficult it would have been if we couldn't stay in the SPL, so we're all very relieved."
Fenlon will now turn his attention to the Scottish Cup Final with Hearts at Hampden a week on Saturday.
The two capital clubs have never met in a Hampden final with the green half of Edinburgh last toasting a Scottish Cup success in 1902.
Fenlon is well aware of that depressing statistic and knows that history awaits him if he can become the first Hibs manager in more than a decade to capture Scotland's oldest trophy.
He added: "We'll work for the next two weeks on how we're going to play, how we're going to set up against Hearts.
"I watched them on Sunday and they're a decent side.
"We need to turn the tide against them. What better way to start than in the Cup Final?"