Hibs’ season goes from bad to worse with every passing game it seems.

Going into their match with Ross County at the weekend, the Edinburgh side were winless in their previous eight Scottish Premiership matches, with their only victory coming against St Mirren on the opening day of the season.

However, when the Paul Heckingbottom’s men took a 2-0 lead early in the second half at Easter Road against County through goals from Daryl Horgan and Scott Allan, it appeared to all that Hibs were going to notch their first league win since the start of August.

But a stunning comeback from County through long-range efforts from Brian Graham and, with only seconds to go, Joe Chalmers, meant that Hibs notched up yet another draw, and more frustratingly, squandering yet another lead, with this being the fifth league match in a row they have found themselves clawed back after going in front.

And to add insult to injury, the dropped points against County means they remain languishing in eleventh place in the league.

Manager Heckingbottom admitted he was infuriated by his team’s performance, and the Hibs players were equally despondent.

Jason Naismith, whose ball over the top set up Horgan for the opening goal, was adamant though that the players must shoulder the responsibility for their recent results and not let their heads go down.

“We just need to take it on the chin and move on, not let it affect us too much,” he said.

“Draws aren’t good enough, we need to win. We need to keep believing. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we need to get the chest out and go again on Wednesday (against Livingston).

“Things aren’t going for us at the moment but you earn your luck. It’s just not going for us just now and it’s up to us as players to change it, we need to stand up and be counted.”

The tension within the Easter Road crowd was apparent from the first minute on Saturday, and became even more pronounced when County got their first goal back. With Hibs looking increasingly fragile, the anxiety from the stands seemed to be seeping onto the park but Naismith was quick to defend the fans and their right to make their feelings known.

“If you can’t handle that, you shouldn’t be playing at Hibs,” he said of the fans reaction during the game.

“The fans have every right to moan and it’s up to us to show our composure and see out a game like that.”

Meanwhile, the point salvaged by Ross County was the perfect reaction to the 6-0 mauling they suffered against Celtic the previous weekend, with goal-scorer Graham admitting their fighting spirit was no more than he would expect from the team.

“Going 2-0 down quickly after half-time it could have gone the other way like (against Celtic),” he said.

“But I think we showed great character as a group.

“We could have crumbled but I don’t think that’s the nature of the boys in our dressing room. When you get the first one to come back I think (Hibs) sat back a wee bit and the fans got on their backs. They were under a wee bit of pressure and we played off it.

“To get the goal at a crucial time and to nick a wee draw at the end, it felt like a win.”

It would not have been unexpected had County been still nursing something of a hangover from their thumping at Celtic Park but with their post-match debrief clearing up where their errors occurred, the players were champing at the bit to get out there at Easter Road.

“We spoke about (the Celtic result) on Monday and Tuesday and we put it to bed,” he said.

“We thought we’d dealt with it in the video room particularly well. I thought in this game we were really good and passed it about well.”

There is little respite for County, with Rangers travelling to Dingwall on Wednesday to take on the Highlanders. Graham has been a regular on the substitutes bench this season and having admitted he is desperate to get into the starting line-up, his goal-scoring antics against Hibs will not have done his chances any harm.

“What can you do, I don’t pick the team,” he said of being named as a substitute.

“I just want to keep coming off the bench making an impact. Obviously I’m pushing for a start and the managers know that.”