An incredible end to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match saw Ryan McGivern cancel out Sammy Clingan's opener, before the visitors immediately regained the lead through Jude Winchester. Less than 60 seconds later Leigh Griffiths completed the scoring, flicking home from close range.
Shiels was pleased with the entertainment on show, but conceded that his players were devastated not to have taken three points having held two late leads.
"I thought we had it won when we scored the second goal," reflected Shiels.
"I thought it was a great game of football. We took the lead right after half-time. All our kids, who did a great job tonight, were involved in the goal and it was a great finish from Sammy. We hit the post and looked like we were going to add to it.
"We dropped off, gave them the pitch but they didn't look like they were going to hurt us apart from corner kicks. We knew that corner kicks were going to cause us a problem because of their superior physique after all the injuries that we have had. We were lacking height and they got their equaliser.
"We then went up the park, regained the lead when young Jude Winchester rifled it in. Then it was a foul on James Dayton, I think, but referees are only human and they didn't spot it. The players are in the dressing room gutted."
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon admitted it was a lesson for their players after they switched off following McGivern's equaliser. Hibs had the momentum up to that point but had to rely on Griffiths' late flick to save a point.
"The annoying thing is that we scored the goal and got carried away," said Fenlon. "The crowd were right into it, they wanted to push us on and it is difficult. The players have to realise you have to steady yourself after scoring a goal, to keep your shape because you see teams conceding after they've scored quite a lot.
"From their point of view it is a good goal but from our point of view we could have dealt with it better. To concede a goal that late is a hammer blow but credit to the players, they kept going and got an equaliser."
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