Alex Cochrane was ‘over the moon' at the weekend after netting his first-ever senior goal.

But the on-loan Brighton defender insists Hearts must keep their feet on the ground as they bid to maintain their Premiership challenge.

Cochrane added the Jambos’ final strike in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Livingston to help extend their unbeaten run to an impressive seven league matches.

Robbie Neilson’s side sit joint second, just a point behind leaders Rangers as they prepare to host high-flying Motherwell in a mouthwatering encounter this weekend.

Cochrane admits the Tynecastle men are full of belief after the start they have made to the campaign.

But the 21-year-old is determined no-one will get carried away so early in the season.

The former England under-20 cap said: “I was very happy. To get the win and my first goal, it was an all-round positive performance.

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“When the ball went in I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I was over the moon. It was a great feeling and hopefully there’s more to come.

“I think everything clicked for us [against Livingston], which is really good, because on the training pitch we’ve been working hard and everything came together.

“We showed the quality we have in this team to push up the league.

“The confidence is sky-high in the dressing-room but we know we have to keep our feet on the ground.

“There’s still a long way to go. We know there are tough, tough games coming up and we have to be ready and at it from the off.”

Motherwell are themselves unbeaten in the league since their 3-2 loss to Hibernian on the opening weekend of the campaign and stunned Rangers by snatching a 1-1 draw at Ibrox earlier this month.

The Steelmen have racked up four wins -  the same number as both Edinburgh teams - and are just a point adrift of Hearts ahead of their trip to Gorgie on Saturday.

Cochrane added: “It could be an amazing game and it’s one that we have to rebuild for and go again and push for.

“The game’s going to be vital and we’ll need to have a good performance and hopefully get the three points again.”