Hearts manager John McGlynn declared Callum Paterson a full-time striker after the teenager grabbed his first career goals in a 3-0 victory over Dundee United.
Paterson started the season at right-back but he showed an eye for goal at Tannadice with a double as Hearts secured their first win since the opening day of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League season.
"We pushed him further forward into midfield and he did very well. We have not got many strikers so we put him up front," McGlynn said. "He has caused problems and could have scored four goals. I would suggest there is good evidence to keep him up there."
The 17-year-old showed impressive technique to fire Hearts ahead in the 28th minute when he met a half-cleared shot on the bounce and drilled home with his left foot from 20 yards.
The lone striker, who was moved up front for the defeat at St Mirren Park last weekend, then showed a goalscorer's instinct to follow up after Ryan McGowan had charged down United goalkeeper Radoslav Cierzniak following a slack passback from Sean Dillon in the 61st minute.
United boss Peter Houston was disappointed with his side's reaction - they only threatened briefly either side of half-time - but felt his side were denied the chance to go ahead just before the opening goal.
Willo Flood claimed for a penalty when he ran into the box and fell as he went past Ryan Stevenson and Darren Barr.
Houston thought referee Alan Muir should have awarded a spot-kick and added: "It could have been a turning point. Teams get a lift, if we got a penalty kick and a goal then we could have got our tails up, but it was them who got the lift.
"They bullied us all over the pitch and I don't mean that in a bad sense."
He added: "You have to give them credit and I don't want to take anything away from Hearts, but we were a bit soft-centred."
- Dundee United