Four points adrift at the bottom of the table, and fourth placed Hearts visiting Rugby Park on this day, it was gut-check time for the boys in Blue and White.
Early on, Hearts were causing us all sorts of problems. Neil McCann's crosses produced panic in our beleaguered defence and it looked like it could be another disappointing day at the office for Killie.
But it's usually a good rule that if the defence is having a tough time, keep the ball away from them as much as possible.
And that's exactly what we did.
A couple of chances for Paul Wright, one producing a fine save from the visiting keeper and one crashing off the top of the bar, put the Hearts defence under a bit of pressure. Unfortunately Hearts continued to open us up like a tin of spam at the back. That man McCann was tormentor in chief, ably assisted by new boy Jim Hamilton.
However, we held firm and went back on the offensive.
Wright sent over a surgically precise ball which cut the Hearts defence wide open. Billy Findlay controlled it magnificently, drawing the keeper out to cut out his shot. Findlay just coolly passed it off to the on-rushing Colin McKee to squeeze it in, past the two defenders on the goal line.
1-0 Killie... wait, what?
Hearts threw on players to try to even up the score. But the best they could do was a John Colqhoun shot that went narrowly over. Killie had one hand on some much needed points, and grabbed all of them soon afterwards. Good work by McKee let in Ally Mitchell, who took his time, picked his spot, and slotted the ball under the their keeper to seal the points and give us hope for the chase to come. Still bottom, but only a point behind Raith Rovers and with better goal difference!
Team: Lekovic, MacPherson, Kerr, Lauchlan, Monty, Findlay, Mitchell, Reilly, Wright, Bagan, McKee