Current buddies boss Oran Kearney made it quite clear when he took over from Alan Stubbs that we ‘wanted to win the League with St Mirren’.
To his own admission that was never going to happen this season with the Paisley having just earned promotion to the Scottish Premiership and with plenty of work to do just to stay in the league.
The former Coleraine gaffer is now three months into the job and still seeking his first win as manager, but could that be about to change sooner rather than later as a collapsing Hearts come to St Mirren Park?
The top betting websites have St. Mirren FC as underdog for this one but make sure to check out this rating guide if you’re looking to place action on the match as the Buddies will be spying something of an upset.
After a bright start, the Jambos have gone completely off the boil having lost two and drawn one of their last three Scottish Premiership matches.
That three-match run has enabled Celtic to catch up and take over at the top even if the difference is just solely goals.
However, form is what counts right now and although St Mirren can hardly be shouting from the rooftops, the fact remains that in the last two games, at least the Saints have picked up a point.
That said, it should have been more coming against rock bottom Dundee with the sense that the match was an opportunity missed rather than a point gained.
There is a hunger in Kearney’s squad to finally get his reign off the mark with the much needed three-points and Hearts could prove the perfect foil for Kearney to repeat his Coleraine success.
The Buddies can take some heart (pun intended) from their recent home record against the Jambos having not lost on home soil since an FA Cup tie in March 2012 and no defeat in the league at St Mirren Park since December 2010.
However, in the five league meetings in Paisley since Hearts last claimed victory, there have been three draws but even that is a result that would do little to appease restless Buddies supporters.
Spying glory will undoubtedly be the aim for Kearney against a side who shipped five against Celtic and suffered a home defeat to Kilmarnock prior to the International break.
Defeat is simply not an option for St Mirren in their bid to move away from the drop zone and give Oran Kearney the win he so desperately needs.
Otherwise, it may just prove to be too late.