JIM GOODWIN is convinced St Mirren are heading in the right direction, his argument buttressed by a run of form that shows only two defeats – both against the Old Firm – in their last nine outings.

Midfielder Tony Andreu is of the same mind, but acknowledges that victory in Wednesday’s crucial relegation tussle with Hamilton is imperative if they are to preserve the feel-good factor enveloping the Buddies.

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That the Paisley club departed Easter Road with mixed emotions illustrated just how much they contributed to Saturday’s stalemate.

Already leading to Conor McCarthy’s 14th minute header, Andreu gave the visitors a two-goal cushion four minutes later after being the beneficiary of marauding wing play from Ilkay Durmus.

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Scott Allan and Christian Doidge efforts ultimately ensured Hibs earned a point, but Andreu insists Saints head into the visit of Accies on a high.

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“We are positive,” insisted the Frenchman. “We’ve played well and done everything the gaffer wanted so far.

“We’re going in the right direction and that’s what the gaffer wanted, goals across the board.

“Hamilton is a massive game. The league is really tight and we want to win this one.

“Every game is important and every point we get is good.

“Every game is winnable. If you take away the Old Firm then we can definitely win every game.”

Goodwin acknowledged after this match that remaining on the front foot after going two goals up played right into Hibs’ hands, after Allan and Doidge both netted prior to the interval.

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Andreu, for one, enjoys Goodwin’s penchant for being adventurous in the final third.

He added: “We’ve got some players who can definitely add something to the team.

“It worked with the attacking players on Saturday as we scored two goals. Unfortunately we also conceded two

“You have to find the balance but we had a lot of attacking players, even on the bench.

“It’s good. It’s total football and you want to score.

“It’s always frustrating to draw when you’re 2-0 up. We did very well and definitely could have scored more goals.

“It’s still a point away from home so in the end it’s good. If you score two goals away from home you should be happy.

“In the second half Hibs controlled it more but they are a great team.”

While Lee Hodson made his second Saints debut after returning in midweek, Hibs brought on Paul McGinn, Greg Docherty and Marc McNulty in the second half - all three having joined on deadline day.

Stephane Omeonga was particularly pleased to welcome back McNulty after the on loan Reading player netted eight goals during the second half of last term.

“Marc is a great player,” said Omeonga, who also returned on another loan deal from Genoa last month.

“He scored a lot of goals last season. If he does that again, we’ll all be happy.

“I see a good partnership with Marc and Doidge. They look good together.

‘You could see that against St Mirren, even though we didn’t score in the second half. They did well together.

“They still have to get to know each other – but something good can happen there.”