SIMEON Jackson admitted the St Mirren squad was "bitterly disappointed" to let a one goal lead slip on Sunday. 

The Canadian had put the Saints ahead with a first half strike against managerless Hibs.  

But, three goals from Oli Shaw and former Saints duo Darren McGregor and Stevie Mallan gave the Edinburgh side all three points in the last half an hour. 

He said: "It was very hard to take considering we went one goal up and had started the game off well. 

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"In the second half, to come out and let that happen, we can’t allow that in the position we are in. 

"We’re bitterly disappointed. I’m not sure that changed. We’ll have to look at it and learn from it and pick it up from there.

The Buddies had a golden opportunity to go 2-0 up just 63 seconds before the Easter Road side equalised. 

Jackson admits if Kyle McAllister found the net on the break it would have given them a platform to win the game but says the team should have managed the game better. 

The 31-year-old added: "If that goes on it would definitely have been a different outcome.

The Gazette: Jackson says he has been impressed with new boys McAllister (left) and Lyons Jackson says he has been impressed with new boys McAllister (left) and Lyons

"It would have given us the belief we needed to settle and play a bit more. Going two-nil up would have given us that cushion.

"But credit to them for coming back in the game but we knew they’d drop that in the second half anyway. It’s disappointing not to weather the storm and deal with it."

Despite only having three league victories this season, Jackson still believes St Mirren can still beat the drop this season. 

He says with the pace of the likes of McAllister and Anders Dreyer, and the creativity of Brad Lyons, the Paisley side can make enough chances to get out of trouble. 

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Jackson continued: "There’s still a belief that we can get ourselves out of this situation.

"It’s coming to the business end of the season now so we have to keep cracking on and believe we can still do it.

"I’m encouraged by the players that have come in."