Gary Mackay-Steven has called on the Dons to follow up their League Cup semi-final success by hitting top form in the Premiership.
Aberdeen defeated rivals Rangers 1-0 at Hampden in Sunday’s last-four clash to seal a return to the national stadium for the final against Celtic on December 2.
That victory has been the highlight of the season so far for the Reds.
In the league Derek McInnes’ men have had a patchy start with their haul of 12 points from nine games leaving them eighth in the Premiership table.
Hamilton Accies are the visitors to Pittodrie tonight as the Dons get back to league business.
Mackay-Steven believes Aberdeen have yet to reach top form in the league.
The winger wants them to start tonight against Accies as they look to capitalise on the confidence-boosting win against the Gers and climb the table.
The 28-year-old said: “We can’t take our foot off the gas and Sunday is gone now – it’s all about Hamilton.
“The preparation started on Monday. We enjoyed Sunday but it is gone now and our total focus is on Hamilton.
“We can’t take them lightly, we need to be at our best if we want to start climbing the league.
“We feel like we have not hit top gear in the league yet. The league is stronger this year.
“We feel teams will be taking points off each other and it’s whoever can get that sustained run of form and sustained run of victories that will really start climbing the league.
“We feel more than capable of doing that and it’s time to start showing it in the next few weeks.”
Mackay-Steven does not expect an easy evening against Hamilton, who are ninth in the Premiership.
He added: “It will be a tough game. They drew with Kilmarnock at the weekend and they are always tough to play against home or away.
“We couldn’t celebrate Sunday too much because we’ve had to get back in and focus on Hamilton and trying to get three points.
“We need to start climbing the league and hopefully we can use the winning feeling from Sunday over the next few games.”
Mackay-Steven thinks Sunday’s win over Rangers can have a big impact on the Aberdeen squad.
Seeing off Steven Gerrard’s side has created a feelgood factor around the Dons and Mackay-Steven hopes they can capitalise on that tonight as well as over the next couple of games, away to Kilmarnock on Sunday and at home to Hibs on Friday week.
The former Celtic and Dundee United player said: “It was pleasing to go down to Glasgow and beat Rangers down there and get ourselves into a final.
“The result can have a massive impact on the squad.
“Hopefully it can be a springboard for our league campaign. We’ve got three games coming up in the next nine days.
“They are big games coming up but hopefully we can use the confidence and the winning mentality to start picking up our league form.
“It’s a big thing (Sunday’s win). we were confident before the game, but it’s important to get these results to really stamp down what you can do.
“The club have been in finals over the last few years and it’s pleasing that we have managed to get into another one by beating Hibs, beating Rangers and St Mirren, all Premiership sides.
“It’s been a pleasing run and hopefully we can go a step further and get our name on the trophy.”
Prior to Sunday’s game Aberdeen’s ability to win pressure matches against Celtic and Rangers had been questioned.
But the victory went some way to answering the critics and Mackay-Steven says the Reds always had belief in themselves. He said: “We never doubted our own ability, although there maybe wasn’t noise coming out of the changing room.
“We just focused on what we can handle and what we can do.
“We knew we were capable and we went down to Hampden and got the result.
“It’s another final and it’s nice to be there but we will look ahead to that when it comes.”