The Light Blues visit
St Johnstone tonight aiming to bounce back from last week's derby defeat to Celtic.
Kirkwood is determined to end the campaign on a high note as they set their sights on a league and Scottish Cup double.
He said: "We're still in with a shout in the league and I've got to say it has been exceptional this year.
"We've got a young team which will be a year older and wiser next year, which hopefully stands us in good stead.
"The way the lads have come in to challenge for the title along with Hibs and Celtic has been great.
"We've still got things in our own hands and we're absolutely delighted with the position we are in."