The administration-hit Jambos - deducted 15 points and banned from signing players - were beaten 7-0 by the Hoops in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle on Sunday.
But Locke says the surprising thing for some is the fact his inexperienced side - which contains just three players older than 22 - have not suffered so harshly more often.
He is now hoping for a response when Hearts return to Scottish Premiership action against Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday.
"We haven't done too badly this season. Without the 15-point deduction, we'd be sitting third bottom of the league," said Locke.
"At the start of the season everyone outside this club expected us to be on the end of a few heavy defeats. I said that was always going to happen at some point.
"So it has happened and it is now important that we respond in the right manner.
"Tottenham went to Manchester City a few weeks ago and lost by six, so it happens. That's football."