Survival is midfielder Lewis Stevenson's sole focus as Scottish Cup finalists Hibernian return to Clydesdale Bank Premier League action against Kilmarnock on Sunday.
Hibs have announced Stevenson has agreed a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2012/13 season. The 24-year-old hopes he will still be an SPL player next season, with his primary concern Hibs' relegation battle with Dunfermline rather than a May 19 William Hill Scottish Cup final with capital rivals Hearts.
"We've got five more important games that we need to focus on," Stevenson said. "It (the cup final) is at the back of everyone's mind just now. First and foremost we've got to focus on the league."
Hibs lead the Pars by seven points entering this weekend's fixtures and next month will have the chance to end a 110-year wait for Scottish Cup glory.
Stevenson said: "We're in the driving seat but it can change so quickly. There have been so many ups and downs this season we know we have to perform every week.
"It's only seven points. Teams in the bottom six can go on a run and could win every game. We're going to go into every game and hopefully take as many points as we can."
Stevenson is available again after missing the Scottish Cup semi-final through suspension as goals from Garry O'Connor and Leigh Griffiths earned a 2-1 win over Aberdeen.
Stevenson, who joined Hibs aged 14, added: "So many emotions go through you. It's harder to watch than it is to play sometimes. It was a great day. Hopefully it's going to be another good day at the end of the season."
Despite being praised by manager Pat Fenlon and others for his performances this term, Stevenson knows he is not guaranteed an immediate return to the team on Sunday.
He said: "They got the win and there's good quality throughout the squad. You can never rest on your laurels. You always have to perform every day in training."