It was his first full match since taking a knock in a Europa League tie against Malmo in July, although the injury is not linked to the spinal problems which have plagued him since 2011.
His latest fitness problem have not been met with a huff, though, the birth of his daughter, Ailey, having altered McPake's outlook. The defender will not rush his recovery to return in Hibs' match with St Johnstone on Saturday, instead learning the value of patience. "I used to go home and moan about injuries or moan about training, a bad pass here and there, but that just doesn't happen now. I have a different perspective on things," he said. "I've not really had time to be down about the injury. People have told me it before, and I didn't believe them, but being a dad puts a different slant on things and a different perspective on football."