ABERDEEN FC took full advantage or rivals’ postponements to gain valuable ground at the top of the Premiership with a 2-0 win over Dundee.
League leaders Celtic and third placed Hearts were both inactive as their home games were called off.
The second placed Reds’ grabbed their golden opportunity with first half goals from Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney to close the gap on leaders Celtic to just four points.
Derek McInnes’ side also pulled four points clear of Hearts, who they face at Pittodrie next Saturday in another early kick-off.
Dundee ground-staff were at Dens Park at 4am to spike the pitch to help drain off rain following a downpour.
Influential skipper Ryan Jack returned to the squad having missed the last two games with an ankle injury.
The midfielder came through training unscathed but McInnes opted to leave the 23-year-old on the bench.
There was only one change to the side that beat Ross County 3-1 with Ash Taylor back in the starting line-up ahead of Paul Quinn.
Aberdeen created the first opportunity when an ambitious 35 yard free kick from Kenny McLean was tipped over for a corner.
It began an onslaught with the Dons laying siege to the Dundee defence.
A Jonny Hayes corner was directed goal wards and Bain produced a superb near post block.
However the Dark Blues could not clear from a fired up Reds. After penalty box pinball the ball fell to Ash Taylor who picked out Niall McGINN.
The Northern Ireland international confidently swept past Bain from 12 yards out in the 10th minute.
Aberdeen went 2-0 up in the 25th minute to capitalise on a move instigated by Kenny McLean.
Midfielder McLean dispossessed Paul McGowan deep in midfield and drove powerfully up field, shrugging off challenges.
He was tackled with the ball falling to Willo Flood who picked out Hayes breaking down the right.
Winger Hayes’s low drive across the face of goal was converted at close range by Adam ROONEY at the back post.
Scotland’s best penalty box predator, it was his 11th goal of the season.
Attacker McGinn, sensational in the first half, was replaced by Peter Pawlett at half-time.
Dundee created the first chanced after the break but Julen Extaberguren’s eight yard header was easily saved by on loan Liverpool keeper Danny Ward.
Substitute Pawlett had a powerful 12 yard drive saved in the 59th minute with the loose ball falling to McLean who shot well over.
Danny Ward had to pull off a superb late save from Paul McGown to secure the clean sheet.