The pressure has been building on Hibees boss Pat Fenton, especially after their 9-0 Europa League qualifying nightmare against Malmo, but Hearts head into Sunday's first Edinburgh derby of the season on minus-15 points for going into administration and with their long-term future in serious doubt.
Both sides lost 1-0 on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season but MacDonald is clear which position he would rather be in.
He said: "They have had one league game and they lost to Motherwell who have been the second best team in the country in the last two years.
"The European tie was a freak result, one that comes along every now and then. But I would rather be in Hibs' position now than ours, with us having minus 15 points.
"They have managed to add to their squad this year. They have just signed James Collins for £200,000. If only we were in that situation. We would just love to have £200,000 to keep the club going, never mind buying a player with it.
"We want to stay in this league and we are confident that if we can get a few wins we will put pressure on other teams and we will start to climb the table.
"Our aim now is to get to zero. That is the first target. We will try to do it bit by bit. Once we get to zero we will look at the team above us.
"We have 37 massive games now. With having the 15-point deficit every game is big for us. We need to start winning games now and there would be nothing better than starting on Sunday.
"It is a mammoth task, especially for a young squad, many of whom will be playing their first professional season anywhere. It is going to be difficult but there is a good atmosphere at the club just now.
"It is all about trying to enjoy as much as you can, daft as it may sound. Hopefully if we do that we will start winning games."