If the first half was quiet and uneventful, the second was the polar opposite. Fraser Murray found himself bearing down on goal almost instantly, but his pass to the lively Yrik Gallantes was offside.
He got closer to goal straight after though as he worked open some space around the penalty area and cracked a thunderous effort off the crossbar, Gallantes headed the rebound back into the danger area, which momentarily caused problems, but the Jam Tarts managed to clear their lines in the end.
Hibs kept up this relentless tempo in the opening stages of the second half, and they had the ball in the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Fraser Murray slid in Gallantes who dully converted, but Murray was adjudged to have committed a foul in the build-up and the goal was chopped off.
The pressure only increased minutes later, Hibs played a deep free-kick short to Porteous, who ran right through the midfield and gave it to Campbell, but his turn and shot lacked the power to really test Mason in goals.
They might have had to suck up pressure from the hosts for the majority of the second-half, but it was Hearts that opened the scoring first after 56 minutes. A close range shot inside the box was blocked, and rolled through to Euan Henderson, he required no second invitation and calmly slotted past Martin.
Hibs tried to respond through Gallantes who took a great first-touch to lose his man and drove a great ball across the box, which Smith did very well to clear for a corner, which nothing came of.
Jamie Gullan was then next to try and level up the scores, as he got to the byline and pick out a cross right at the back post, but Gallantes never looked likely to win the header and it drifted out for the goal-kick.
Hearts then came inches away from doubling their lead on 77 minutes. Anthony McDonald played a neat one-two with Marc Leonard and curled an effort towards the back post, which swerved off target at the last second to keep their lead to just the single goal.
15 minutes from time Hearts extended their advantage with a well-constructed goal. McDonald found himself through on goal after Leonard countered from a Hibs attack and slid him in on the right. McDonald took a good touch, got away from the last defender and finished emphatically beyond Martin to give his side a comfortable advantage.
That comfortable advantage become a bit less comfortable four minutes after that goal, when Gullan was adjudged to have been brought down unfairly and a penalty was awarded to the hosts. He then nominated himself to take the penalty, and didn’t turn down the chance as he slotted home the spot-kick with conviction. A goal which could have thrown the cats amongst the pigeons in the last 10 minutes.
Hibs then pushed desperately in the closing stages to grab a much-needed equaliser, but despite the increasing amount of free-kicks and corners won, the Hibees couldn’t find their way to goal. After the visitor’s wound down the clock in the final minutes, the referee George Calder blew for full-time and confirmed back-to-back East of Scotland shield wins for Jon Daly’s side.