Derek McInnes has praised the Red Army for helping dig them out of a hole at Rugby Park.
Late goals from Jayden Stockley and Peter Pawlett gave them a vital 2-1 win over Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.
The manner of the victory was in total contrast to the 7-2 thrashing the Dons had dished out to Motherwell in their previous match.
Manager McInnes believes their dramatic comeback might never have happened if the 1,040 Dons fans at Rugby Park hadn’t pumped up the volume when they were trailing 1-0.
He said: “The fans will have been as bemused as I was by the level of performance in comparison to what we saw against Motherwell.
“That can cause angst and frustration, but thankfully the fans stuck with us.
“They know what they are getting from this team. They are always hard working, committed and honest with their work.
“We appreciate the fact the fans saw we weren’t at our best and worked even harder to encourage the team. It made being able to celebrate with them at the end all the more enjoyable.
“If you want to do well in a league campaign you have to show you can win games in different ways.
“You like to win with a bit if style if you can.
“But there are times when it comes down to sheer determination and the attitude of the players you have out there.
“The players deserve so much credit for what they did to ensure we fought back to win.
“They just never know when they are beaten.
“We were a wee bit open at the back at times in the second half, but we had to take a few chances.
“Rather that than watching a display like the one we came up with in the first half.
“We had to change things to get the game moving back our way.”
McInnes is delighted his decision to bring on Stockley and Pawlett to pose more of an attacking threat paid off handsomely.
He said: “Without them I don’t know if we would have managed to pull it off.
“They took their goals well and gave the team a lift at just the right time.
“Having game changers on the bench this season has been important.
“No disrespect to our previous squads, but we have not always had that.
“But I looked at my bench at Kilmarnock and knew we had what we needed to get us the win.
“Jayden, Peter and a few others have done well coming from the bench right through the campaign.
“They deserve so much credit for making sure they are always ready to hit the ground running.”
McInnes is relieved the head injury suffered by defender Andrew Considine during the win at Rugby Park isn’t as serious as they first feared.
Considine needed stitches to a head wound but is expected to be fine for Saturday’s home clash with Ross County.