Pat Fenlon said he was “embarrassed” at the scenes of elation at Easter Road, despite securing SPL survival for Hibs.
Fenlon watched his team hit four past Dunfermline to send the Pars back to the First Division in front of a noisy crowd of more than 15,000 before the players appeared for a lap of honour after the final whistle.
There was a party atmosphere in the north east of the capital but Fenlon was not for joining in the revelling after seeing Matt Doherty, Eoin Doyle, Garry O’Connor and Paul Hanlon get on the scoresheet.
Fenlon said: "It's a massive relief. It's more a relief than anything else, not a celebration.
"It's a bit embarrassing. We're second last in the league.
"I think it was more us showing our appreciation to the supporters than the other way round."
The Irish boss can now turn his attention to the Scottish Cup final against city rivals Hearts. Fenlon said Hibs need to “turn the tide” against the Tynecastle men after going ten games without a victory in the derby match.
Fenlon said: “It's a good time to be hitting a bit of form. We'll work in the next two weeks in relation to how we're going to play and set-up against Hearts.
"We need to turn the tide a little bit with them. There would be no better way to start.
“The goal when I came in was to keep the team in the SPL and I know how much of a bonus it would be now to win the cup final.”
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