Dons boss Derek McInnes has backed his players to handle the heat in the battle for a European place.
Aberdeen face Motherwell at Pittodrie tonight in the first of seven remaining Premiership fixtures.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Hearts meant the Reds dropped to fourth in the league table two points behind Kilmarnock.
The Jambos are a further two points adrift and Hibs in sixth are four behind the Dons.
Finishing third would guarantee a place in next season’s Europa League qualifiers.
Having secured European football in each of the last five campaigns, McInnes believes the experience his side have of clinching Continental action will help.
Last season Aberdeen delivered three wins and two draws after the split to finish second and McInnes said: “The season now comes down to seven games in the league, outwith the Scottish Cup semi-final. Everything that has been good about us in the first 31 games and everything that has not been so good about us doesn’t matter.
“It’s between Hearts, Hibs, ourselves and Kilmarnock and for me it’s important we secure that third spot as quickly as possible.
“After the split you play the five best teams in the country outwith ourselves.
“Before that we’ve got Motherwell, who are in good form, and Dundee, who are fighting for their lives, that we have to deal with first.
“Each game becomes vitally important and it’s not so much about focusing on a number of wins.
“It’s about trying to get a real level of performance and a consistency of results, staying unbeaten and winning games.
“It doesn’t matter what way you do it, we just need to win games and get enough points to satisfy ourselves really.
“A lot of the boys have experience of securing European football.
“Last year was a good experience in terms of after the split we had to deliver. There was no real room for error where we had to deliver against the best teams.
“It gives me encouragement that when the performances were needed and the motivation was there that the boys answered up and we need to answer up again.”
In recent days Aberdeen’s on-loan attacker Greg Stewart has been linked with a summer move to Rangers.
The Dons brought Stewart in from Birmingham City until the end of the season after the 29-year-old had been at Kilmarnock during the first half of the campaign.
Stewart is out of contract in the summer and McInnes would be interested in bringing him to Pittodrie permanently.
He added: “We were keen to get Greg in January but both Greg and his agent were keen to look at his options come the end of the season.
“I’ve not doubt that Greg will have options in the summer.
“We will certainly be an option for him, but there will be others as well. It’s important that when he’s here we try to enjoy having him at the club.”
McInnes is also no closer to knowing whether captain Graeme Shinnie and winger Gary Mackay-Steven will sign new contracts and stay with the Dons beyond the summer.
He said: “I have been looking ahead for a while and it’s something we just need to try to deal with.
“I’m still hopeful, but it’s getting to the stage of the season now where we’re running out of weeks.
“It will play out in the end. If the two boys are here next season then brilliant. If they’re not we carry on without them.
“Having players leaving in the past can be disheartening but it’s part of the job.
“We enjoy working with good players and sometimes we lose good players so we just need to find more.”
Aberdeen will be without defender Shay Logan and Mackay-Steven (both ankle) tonight against Motherwell.