The Tynecastle club not only emerged victorious in the first all-Edinburgh final in a major competition for over 100 years, they thoroughly embarrassed their arch-rivals with a 5-1 victory at Hampden Park.
However, such a significant piece of football history in the Capital came within seconds of not occurring at all. After a draw in Gorgie, Hearts were staring down the barrel of a fifth-round exit at McDiarmid Park after Murray Davidson gave hosts St Johnstone the lead with just seven minutes remaining.
Seconds remained on the clock when Suso Santana went down under the attentions of former Hearts favourite Alan Maybury and referee Brian Winter pointed to the penalty spot.
Jamie Hamill kept his cool to tuck away the spot-kick, sending the match to extra-time where captain Marius Zaliukas would net a 117th-minute winning goal to keep Paulo Sergio’s men on the path to destiny.