Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 0.
A solitary first-half goal from Arnaud Djoum was enough to give Hearts victory over Partick Thistle and move them closer to the Premiership's top two.
Djoum notched his first goal of the season with a header from Don Cowie's corner.
Igor Rossi and Juanma Delgado came close to adding to the hosts' advantage.
Sam Nicholson had a shot saved late on while Steven Lawless was Thistle's main attacking threat.
The win was Hearts' third in a week at Tynecastle and takes them to within six points of Aberdeen and 10 behind Celtic.
Just as the game kicked off a small plane flew over the stadium carrying the banner saying, "No style no bottle Neilson out", which instantly brought about chants from the Hearts faithful of, "There's only one Robbie Neilson".
Jamie Walker had an early chance for the home side, the winger able to go round Jags goalkeeper Tomas Cerny but fluffing his effort as the Thistle defence closed him down.
At the other end Neil Alexander was called into action to deny Mathias Pogba, who rose high to direct a header towards goal following a Lawless cross.
John Souttar has settled in well at the back for Hearts since making the move from Dundee United and looked to carry the ball forward at every opportunity.
And one of his runs eventually led to the opening goal. Souttar was fouled just outside the box and Cerny was forced into a decent save from Alim Ozturk's free-kick.
Cowie then delivered for Djoum to thunder his header into the net.
The home side came close to a second goal when Ozturk and Cowie combined to set up Rossi but his effort was just wide.
Thistle were dealt a blow just before half-time when influential midfielder Stuart Bannigan injured his knee after a challenge on Alexander and had to be replaced.
Lawless was proving to be a real thorn in Hearts' side and early in the second half he was able to create space for himself 20 yards from goal only to shoot straight at Alexander.
The game was being stretched as Thistle tried to respond and Hearts striker Juanma fired just wide after being set up by Cowie.
Jamie Walker set up substitute Abiola Dauda inside the box but he blasted high over the Thistle crossbar.
Nicholson was next to try his luck on goal but Cerny this time was able to save at his near post.
- 18RossiSubstituted forMcGheeat 79'minutes
- 16Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forDaudaat 69'minutes
- 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forReillyat 86'minutes
- 14Pallardo Gonzalez
- 7AmooSubstituted forNesbittat 79'minutes
- 8BanniganSubstituted forEdwardsat 45+1'minutesBooked at 53mins
- 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 83'minutes
- Bobby Madden
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Partick Thistle 0.
Attempt blocked. Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aidan Nesbitt (Partick Thistle).
Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Juanma.
Attempt blocked. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.
Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.
Foul by Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian).
Aidan Nesbitt (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Igor Rossi because of an injury.
Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aidan Nesbitt replaces David Amoo.
Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).
Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).
Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.