Aberdeen’s Andy Considine hopes ending their poor home run can be the catalyst for a strong finish to the Premiership campaign.
The Dons beat Motherwell 3-1 on Wednesday night to triumph in the league at Pittodrie for the first time in seven fixtures.
It was an important victory in the battle for European qualification as the points moved the Reds level with Kilmarnock in third, although the Ayrshire side do have a superior goal difference.
Rangers are eight points ahead in second with Hearts and Hibs five and six points respectively behind Aberdeen.
Finishing second or third would secure entry into next season’s Europa League qualifiers.
Derek McInnes’ side face bottom-of-the-table Dundee tomorrow and will then tackle five post-split fixtures, which are set to be released today by the SPFL, as they look to qualify for Europe for a sixth straight season.
Defender Considine hopes the midweek success can be a springboard going forward and reckons the Reds have the talent to win their final six Premiership matches.
The 32-year-old said: “I hope this win can help us going forward. I hope it gives us that little bit of confidence going in against Dundee.
“We’re not going to look too far forward but if we can have another good result it gives us confidence going into the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic, which is huge.
“After that it is the final round of league fixtures and we know we have to try to win every game – it’s as simple as that.
“Rangers won on Tuesday so there is a bit of a gap between second and third.
“I’m not sure Rangers will slip up that much so it’s maybe a mini-league between the rest of us and we want to finish top of that.
“With the experience in the dressing room and the talent in the dressing room, we have more than enough to win the games we have left.
“Who is to say we can’t still finish second? Anything can happen in football.
“The main thing now is that we get a good result against Dundee, then look forward to the semi-final and then look forward to the rest of the fixtures. After the split when you’re playing teams around you things can change quickly.
“There’s every chance we’ll have to go down to Ibrox again, but football can be a funny game if you are beating the teams around you.
“But the main thing is that we need to concentrate on looking after ourselves and winning games.”
Max Lowe got the ball rolling against Motherwell when his attempted cross from the left looped into the net.
After Jake Hastie had equalised for the Lanarkshire side Niall McGinn netted following Greg Stewart’s shot being deflected into his path, and the Northern Irish international added a stunning third in injury time.
Considine was pleased to record a first Pittodrie league victory since December 22.
He added: “Of course it was good to end that run at home and we have come close.
“We have had chances in games and maybe not taken them or have been a little bit slack.
“I felt there was a little bit of luck on our side against Motherwell with Max Lowe’s goal and Niall’s first.
“But sometimes you need a bit of luck. It’s the rub of the green – sometimes it’s for you and sometimes it’s against you.
“The way we played and the amount of energy the boys put into the game, I felt we were due that luck because the performance of the boys man-to-man was brilliant.”
Considine felt the Dons got what they deserved against the Steelmen.
He said: “We have come up against Motherwell a couple of times this year and it’s been tough.
“We knew what to expect but I thought on our team everybody against their individual man stood up to it.
“They played some good football at times. The way we were set up at times one of their centre-halves was allowed to be free on the ball.
“But other than the goal as a defensive unit we were very solid and limited them to very little.
“Joe Lewis didn’t really have a lot to do in the game.
“On the other hand I felt when we did turn the ball over and get in behind their midfield we looked dangerous.
“Especially in the first half we managed to do that quite a lot.
“Their full-backs played quite high at times, particularly down our right side, and we managed to get down that side and in behind them a few times.
“But it was just unfortunate we couldn’t capitalise on that. We knew what would come our way in the second half, they were a bit more direct but we handled it.
“We got a bit of luck with the shot from Greg landing at Niall’s feet, but he has still finished it well. And the third goal is a fantastic finish from Niall. I felt the finish typified his performance because he was brilliant.”