With just eight goals from four strikers in 22 games this season, the pressure was mounting on the Dons centre-forwards to deliver.
Sam Cosgrove could feel the scrutiny on them.
That intensified when boss Derek McInnes challenged a centre-forward to step up and take on the mantle of scoring prior to the clash with Livingston.
Cosgrove put forward a strong argument that he can be that man with a superb finish and equally impressive assist to help the Dons dump Livi 3-2.
The 22-year-old is confident he can deliver goals, but also warned Premiership defences his fellow Pittodrie strikers are also relishing the challenge to score.
He revealed the lack of goals prior to facing Livi hadn’t been down to lack of effort as the Reds had been grafting hard in training to solve that problem.
It paid off as Cosgrove ended a two-month scoring drought dating back to a 4-1 defeat of St Mirren on October 6.
Now he hopes to get the nod to shoot down Premiership bottom side St Mirren on Saturday.
He said: “There has been a lot of scrutiny on the strikers but the strikers we have in the squad relish that pressure.
“We say ‘bring it on’ as we will rise up to the challenge.
“Sometimes the team performs better under pressure.
“I have goals in me and it is only a matter of time before they come. Now that I have another goal I think it is time to put even more pressure on myself to become a regular goal scorer.
“I know I have it in me.
“However, it is not just the strikers but right throughout the squad we have goals all over.
“The wide players, the midfielders breaking forward and even the big boys at the back can score from set-pieces.
“There is that pressure on, not just on the strikers but all over the field to start scoring.
“We can definitely live up to that.”
In January Cosgrove was secured in a £20,000 move from Carlisle United, having scored just one senior career goal.
Cosgrove netted in the 1-1 draw with West Brom in a pre-season friendly but had to wait until October for his first competitive goal for the Dons. Frustrated at waiting so long to follow that up, Cosgrove thanked McInnes for keeping faith in him.
Cosgrove said: “It (not scoring) can get a bit frustrating but I judge myself more on my performances than my goals.
“I know as a striker you get judged on goals but the modern-day striker has to do a lot more than just score. The gaffer knows that and what I bring to the team.
“I am just glad he stuck with me and the goals will come, as it did against Livingston.”
Prior to the Livi win, a Dons striker had not scored since James Wilson netted in a 3-0 defeat of Hamilton on October 31.
That was addressed by McInnes, who held a meeting with his strikers and has been working them hard in training.
Cosgrove said: “There has been a lot said about the lack of goals in games but it is definitely not through the lack of trying.
“There has been a lot of work put in during training and a lot of emphasis on putting the ball out wide and the strikers coming in and getting on the end of crosses.
“That work is starting to show. There were numerous balls into the box against Livingston and we got on the end of a lot.
“It was just a matter of time before we did get those goals and we scored from three crosses against Livingston.”
Cosgrove returned from a one-game suspension to face Livingston, having been sent off in the 1-0 win at Ibrox for two yellow cards. The second booking was a wrong call by referee Steven McLean as Cosgrove won the ball in a challenge with Rangers’ Connor Goldson.
Cosgrove was unjustly dealt with when ref Craig Thomson booked him for simulation against Livi, despite him being fouled at the edge of the penalty area. He feels both were wrong calls but is ready to move on.
Cosgrove said: “The results at Ibrox and against Livingston polish over the two decisions.
“That’s why I don’t think there has been too much made of it.
“We have studied them back and can see why the decisions have been made, rightly or wrongly.
“In my personal opinion neither of them are yellow cards.
“I got the ball the other day (at Ibrox) and the guy stood on my foot against Livingston.
“They were not two yellow cards but, at the end of the day, nothing bad has come out of it because we got three points in both games.
“That needs to be put to bed now.”