Winger Niall McGinn made an emotional return to Pittodrie in January in a bid to add to his solitary winner’s medal as a Don.
The Northern Ireland international is one of only four players remaining at the club from the side that triumphed in the League Cup final at Parkhead in 2014 to end a crippling 19-year trophy drought.
McGinn experienced first hand how much silverware meant to the club, city and fans four years ago.
Having returned to the Granite City in January after a short spell in South Korea the playmaker is determined to take another step towards more trophy glory tonight by seeing off Hibs at Easter Road in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals.
He said: “This is massive for us as we set out at the start of every season wanting to do as well as possible in the cup competitions.
“I have been to cup finals with Aberdeen where we have won and been to finals where we have lost as well.
“Experiencing both sides in big cup games can only stand myself and the other players who have been there in good stead.
“There have been a lot of changes in the last few years (since the 2014 cup win) but the manager has always consistently brought in good players.
“I have had a taste of playing in big games and there is no bigger than cup ties against rivals.
“We want to get to Hampden but know we are going to have to be at our best to get through.
“We will give it our all at Easter Road to get into the next round.”
The 1-0 defeat of Motherwell ended a three-game winless run that plunged the Dons to eighth spot in the Premiership table.
McGinn accepts the pressure was on to deliver a victory, particularly with two huge fixtures looming against Hibs tonight and then defending Premiership champions Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.
He said: “Motherwell was a very important game for us.
“There had been a lot of chat that we had not been winning games or scoring a lot of goals so there was a bit of pressure on that one. Thankfully we came out the right side of it with a positive result and a steady, good performance.”
The pressure may have been building from outwith Pittodrie after a less than convincing start to the season, but did McGinn and his team-mates feel it?
“No. Definitely not,” he said.
“Pressure comes for every game at Aberdeen as we are a big club and playing in big games.
“The pressure is there to always win. Especially at home where we want to be strong and pick up as many wins as possible.
“We have played well at times this season but just maybe needed that little bit of luck which can be the difference between a draw and a win.
“To get the win and clean sheet was very important going into a tough week.”
McGinn has been pivotal in hauling the Reds out of that slump with an equaliser against St Johnstone (1-1) and an assist to play in James Wilson to score against Well. He said: “I have felt great the last couple of games and was delighted to get my first goal of the season with a nice free-kick.
“Then I had an assist against Motherwell. If I can help the team in any way, whether that is a goal or assist, that is my main priority.
“As long as we are winning games that is the most important thing.
“We had a great result in the last round against St Mirren (4-0 win) but know how difficult it will be to go to Edinburgh and get one over on Hibs.
“Hibs are probably on a level par with ourselves in finding it difficult to win league titles but they know with cup competitions they need to be there or thereabouts and aim to give it a good crack like ourselves.
“They have been impressive at the start of the season but we have been to Easter Road already and drawn (1-1).
“ It will be a difficult game for both teams but you expect that when you get to the quarter-finals.”