Stevenson was carried off on a stretcher in last weekend's loss to Kilmarnock but recovered in time to start, then score, against Hibernian at Easter Road. Hamill admitted he was stunned by the turnaround.
"At the time when Ryan was carried off at Kilmarnock last weekend, I thought, 'Oh no, Ryan is going to be out for another two or three months'," he said. "I got the message to pick him up as usual for training on Monday morning and he came out with a knee brace on.
"But the ice bucket was there for his knee in the boot of the car and he was not going to give it up. When I spoke to him, I could tell how determined he was to feature in the derby. On Tuesday in training he got himself out on to the grass and did a bit and there was positive thinking. Even so, for him to go out play the way he did and score that goal was just unbelievable."
Hearts' reward is a semi-final tie with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, something that Hamill hopes will act as an incentive as the Tynecastle side try to get themselves off the foot of the SPFL Premiership table. "The momentum from the semi-final gives us something to look forward to, rather than being in Hibs' shoes with just the Scottish Cup now," added the former Kilmarnock player.
Should they suffer a stumble along the way then the Tynecastle side can always trust Jamie MacDonald to keep them right. He has done a decent job of it so far - pulling off a number of impressive saves early on at Easter Road to keep Hibs at bay. The goalkeeper has matured into a reliable and effective player in recent times and his performances have drawn praise from all over . . . even Fife.
"Jamie MacDonald showed just what a good goalkeeper he is. You don't have to be the biggest, it's about how good you are," said Jim Jefferies, the former Hearts manager who is currently in charge at Dunfermline Athletic. "I was very impressed with him when I was at Hearts with him, he was just unlucky that Marian Kello was terrific as well."
It would not be Hearts if this bright spell on the pitch were not be clouded a little by off-field matters, with BDO's Bryan Jackson, Hearts' joint-administrator, confirming that an important court hearing regarding the club's administration has been delayed for a fifth time in Lithuania and will take place next Thursday. BDO are waiting for Kansas District Court to appoint administrators for UBIG, who control 50% of the club's shares and are owed £8.2m.