With 20 clean sheets this season, Joe Lewis’ last-gasp save in the Scottish Cup final was the latest act in a sensational debut season for the keeper.
In a tense finish to the 3-2 semi-final win over Hibs the cup holders threw everything at the Dons late on as their hold on the trophy slipped.
Deep into injury-time, keeper Ofir Marciano came up for a corner and connected with a powerful header.
But Lewis killed the tension and Hibs’ comeback by calmly plucking the ball from the air to secure a May 27 final at Hampden with Celtic.
That calmness, solidity and composure from arguably the best Dons keeper since Theo Snelders and Jim Leighton came as no surprise to Mark Reynolds who today paid tribute to the summer signing.
Centre-back Reynolds, 29, said: “Any time there is any kind or pressure and the opponents are really turning the screw, Joe always seems to come from nowhere and pluck the ball from the sky.
“He did that in the semi at Hampden when Hibs’ keeper never even broke his stride to get in a great header.
“Neil Alexander (Dons No2 keeper) said to Joe in the dressing room after the semi that it would have been good enough for him to punch that header or put it over the bar.
“But Joe just plucked the ball and brought it down which totally dissipates the pressure and kills the game. Joe has been massive for us.”
Reynolds already has a winner’s medal with the Dons having lifted the League Cup following a penalty shoot-out win over Inverness in 2014.
Photographs of that cup winning side, the first to secure silverware for the club in 19 years, still adorn the walls of Pittodrie.
Reynolds aims to write his name further in the club’s folklore by bringing the Scottish Cup to the Granite City for the first time since 1990.
“The Scottish Cup is steeped in history, especially the history Aberdeen have of winning it,” he said.
“If we can win it would be massive for us.
“We want to put ourselves on the walls of Pittodrie alongside some of the greatest players at the club.”
Manager Derek McInnes celebrated the fourth anniversary of his first Dons match in the semi-final win on Saturday.
That was a 0-0 draw coincidentally with Hibs at Easter Road in the Premiership’s bottom six.
In his transformation of the Reds’ fortunes, next month’s showdown will be the club’s third final under McInnes.
They have triumphed in one, the 2014 League Cup, and lost the other, 3-0 in the League Cup final to Celtic last November.
Despite racing into a two-goal lead the Dons suffered a nervous finale with Hibs levelling.
Reynolds reckons it is testament to the squad’s character that they didn’t buckle under the holders’ comeback.
He said: “It was a dream start for us.
“We were totally in control and playing good football.
“Then Hibs made the bold decision to make a substitution at 32 minutes when Grant Holt came on.
“Before we had the chance to set up and work out how to counter that Holt scored and we had a wee wobble for five minutes before starting to dictate the play again.
“The manager took on Anthony O’Connor to go a bit more defensive but we conceded soon after which changed the game again.
“Hibs were on the front foot, in the ascendancy and their fans were right into it.
“It shows a lot about us that we weathered that and then Jonny got the winner.
“By hook or by crook we will take it as a goal is a goal, and ultimately it was the one that saw us into a final.”
Contesting the Scottish Cup will ensure a reduced summer break for the Dons.
Aberdeen will be back in action just 33 days later when the Europa League first qualifying round kicks-off on Thursday, June 29.
It is the fourth successive season the Dons have qualified for Europe. However, there could yet be a second qualifying round entrance for the Dons on July 13 if matters outwith their control go their way.
There are various permutations involving this season’s Europa League semi-finalists Manchester United, Celta Vigo, Lyon and Ajax that could conspire to expand the Dons summer.
Reynolds insisted, regardless of the outcome, the Reds will be ready for Europe.
He said: “We don’t get many holidays any more and are used to playing continuous football.
“The season has been fine for us but we just seem to play football year round now.
“Boys talk about when we started playing and you used to get eight weeks off.
“I think the younger boys in the team think we are lying.
“It is one of those things and the only bonus is we don’t do a pre-season.
“We literally come back and are still fit and ready to go.
“It is just a case of sharpening up and cracking on into another season.”