Adam Rooney reckons the stakes are so high there is no chance of Aberdeen tailing off this season.
The Dons have faltered late on in the last two terms as they saw title challenges fade away down the closing stretch.
This time, however, presents a different proposition as they continue to battle on two fronts.
The race for second place continues after Rangers blitzed the Dons 3-0 to cut Aberdeen’s lead down to nine points.
A tricky test away at Tommy Wright’s much improved St Johnstone rounds out the Reds’ pre-split fixtures.
Derek McInnes’ side then have their first Scottish Cup semi-final since 2014 to look forward to.
A record points tally is also a distinct possibility if Aberdeen can find a strong vein of form to end the league campaign.
Irishman Rooney has been key to keeping up the Dons’ progress, netting 18 times in all competitions this season.
And the forward was confident there will be no late slip even without a title charge to think about.
“There is still a lot to play for this season,” he said.
“We’ve got St Johnstone next and then we’ve got the cup semi-final so we will want to take good form into that.
“Hopefully we can get ourselves to another final and if that’s the case then there is no need to tail off, it will give us all the motivation we need.
“We can set a record points tally for ourselves this season as well, so that’s another thing we will aim to do.”
Aberdeen’s record points tally is 75, achieved under McInnes in 2015.
With six games left, the Dons are on 64 points.
In many seasons that total would have been enough to give them a sniff of a title.
This season, it is 26 points behind runaway champions Celtic.
What Aberdeen hoped would be another race quickly turned into a canter for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Rooney does not consider it any disgrace to finish second to such a powerful Bhoys squad.
But he does admit it has been a bit of a surprise how dominant they have been.
“It’s unusual because we have performed so well in the last few months and had the run we’ve been on,” he said.
“In seasons gone by, we may have been a couple of points off top or even at the top.
“A couple of years ago, we had a great season and it was a lot closer – but it just highlights how well Celtic have done this season.
“The good thing is we can use it as a reference point for ourselves next year.”
As well as team honours and milestones, Rooney has had a successful season himself.
The former Inverness forward recently notched his 50th league goal for Aberdeen and his 100th in Scottish league football.
If he scores two more before the season’s end, he will also become the first Dons player since record scorer Joe Harper to hit the net 20 times in three straight seasons.
It is a mark the likes of club greats Eoin Jess, Duncan Shearer and Mark McGhee all failed to reach.
But in Rooney’s eyes, it is also a testament to the attacking quality within the current set-up.
He said: “The main thing is to get the wins and hopefully I can get a few goals, but I don’t want to stop there and hopefully I can add to that.
“I’m always confident with this team that, with the amount of opportunities created and the lads around you, you’ll get chances, and hopefully I can take them.
“To get to the 20-goal mark would be a nice achievement for myself but they come on the back of the team doing well.”
Despite talk of records and accolades, it’s clear it is all secondary to the real target of winning silverware, something he sees the club as capable of.
Aberdeen were blown away in the League Cup final by Celtic, losing 3-0 at Hampden.
They return to the national stadium to face Hibs on April 22 and for Rooney, that last visit is all the motivation they need.
He said: “As a squad, we all want to win things, win trophies.
“There is the Scottish Cup and we have that extra motivation from the League Cup defeat.
“This year and years coming on, me, the gaffer and all the players want to lift trophies because those are the most important thing, more than setting records.”
Despite the disappointment of a lack of a league challenge this year, Rooney sees the squad as capable of future success.
The forward cited as his rationale a “strong nucleus” with years of experience together and a subs bench itching to get into the first team.
“Regardless of who is in or out of the team, you’ve got a good understanding of who is alongside you, what they do and what they’re about,” he said.
“With the squad we have, the ones that aren’t playing so much are sometimes the best players in training because they are trying to get into the side.
“It just keeps everyone on their toes and shows the team is really starting to develop and get stronger.”