Hearts manager John McGlynn believes his team would be challenging Celtic in the SPL, if they turned their domination of games into points.
The Tynecastle boss saw his team draw 0-0 with city rivals Hibernian at home in their first match of 2013.
Going into the SPL winter break, Hearts sit in ninth position with 26 points from 21 games.
McGlynn was without defender Ryan McGowan who looks set to complete a £400,000 move to Shandong Luneng in China.
The Gorgie outfit were also missing Andy Webster at the back but McGlynn felt his stoppers kept the Hibernian attackers quiet.
He said: "It's another game where I think we merited the win. Unfortunately it's probably two points dropped.
"We should be sitting up there beside Celtic with the amount of points we've dropped in games we've dominated.
"I'm delighted that the back four, on the whole, were solid. They kept Leigh Griffiths very, very quiet."