Boss Pat Fenlon has come in for criticism from the Easter Road club's supporters after his team started the season with four straight defeats - including a 7-0 loss to Malmo in the Europa League and last week's Edinburgh derby defeat to Hearts.
But yesterday's 1-1 draw with the Arabs provided Hibs with their first point of the Scottish Premiership campaign.
United's Scotland Under-21 captain Stuart Armstrong had the visitors ahead after 29 minutes when he slotted under Radoslaw Cierzniak.
And things looked to be going from bad to worse for Hibs when former Scotland midfielder Kevin Thomson was shown a straight red card alongside United's Gavin Gunning after the pair became embroiled in an off-the-ball scuffle.
But the sendings-off brought out the home team's fighting spirit and they levelled with Robertson's powerful drive nine minutes from time.
Now Robertson hopes the draw can be a launch pad to better results.
"We need to get a win," he admitted. "We don't know where it is coming from. We were hoping it was going to be against United.
"But the result is better than we got last week and the week before. It's a point. It's not as a good as we wanted but it's a start."
Irishman Fenlon was angry that it had taken the double dismissal to raise his players' hackles and Robertson admitted the team had been issued with a half-time rollicking.
He said: "The manager at half-time was animated and he didn't hold back. He was very angry with us because we didn't play well.
"I can only speak for myself, but I never give any more or less in any game that I play in, whether it be a reserve game, a friendly or training. I give 100 per cent in everything.
"But against United it just wasn't good enough and the manager let us know that at half-time.
"The manager is the one that carries the can but we as players got a lot of stick and we deserved it. We are all in it together, though - the manager, the players, everybody."
The draw in Edinburgh also leaves United searching for their first win three games into the new league season.
David Goodwillie's return to Tannadice from Blackburn on loan has so far failed to produce goals but yesterday's Tangerines scorer Armstrong has faith in his team-mate.
"It's only a matter of time before he starts scoring goals again," said the United playmaker. "Goodie was at the club before and was a legend. He has come back with a lot of expectations on him.
"But once he gets the first goal they will keep rolling on."
And Armstrong had sympathy for Hibs' right-back Fraser Mullen after he was substituted six minutes before half-time with Fenlon fearing the former Hearts youngster would be sent-off.
Mullen was booked after just nine minutes for clattering into Gary Mackay-Steven and was left toiling as the Scotland Under-21 winger continued to give him the run around.
Armstrong said: "Gaz had a terrific first half and he's the main focal point of all our attacks and Mullen has taken the brunt of it.
"Gary can make players look silly at times. He's so sharp with the ball and his feet are so fast. We focused our play down the left-hand side quite often in that first half and it was quite unfortunate for Mullen."