It was perhaps an ominous sign before kick-off that Bryan Jackson, a man used to dealing with deficits, was a guest of Hearts' in the directors box.
Falkirk paid the penalty for not taking their chances as they had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Queen of the South.
IT was more a case of wintry showers than sunshine on Leith, but a dour day in Auld Reekie was illuminated by a thoroughly captivating tussle full of incident and intrigue.
Hibs striker Jason Cummings fired a first-half hat-trick but Falkirk fought back to earn a 3-3 draw in the Scottish Championship.
Queen of the South slipped up 2-1 at home to Cowdenbeath and slid out of the top three.