Boss Derek McInnes has warned the Dons’ first half performance at Kilmarnock will not be good enough to bring success.
And McInnes will demand his Reds deliver the grit of the second 45 minutes, which produced a fight-back from a goal down to win 2-1.
Victory at Rugby Park completed a memorable week where the Dons secured a Betfred Cup final slot and also beat Hamilton 3-0 in the league.
However, it took two late goals from youngsters Lewis Ferguson and Bruce Anderson to secure the Premiership points.
With Hibs coming to Pittodrie on Friday, McInnes will demand a full 90-minute performance.
He said: “The second half is how an Aberdeen team needs to play.
“More aggressive with more energy and occupying the centre-halves.
“The first half performance was not going to get the job done.
“It was our second half performance that got us the result.
“That is the Aberdeen team in the second half – the one I need to see more often.
“If we can bring that to the proceedings more we might just win a cup and meet all our expectations this year.”
Kilmarnock looked to be on course to end an eight game losing streak in the Premiership to Aberdeen at Rugby Park through a Kris Boyd penalty.
However, substitute Anderson netted in the 73rd minute before Hampden hero Ferguson, who headed home the semi-final winner, secured the win with a superb late free-kick.
McInnes said: “There is nothing better than a late winner. Last week Lewis came up with the all-important winner to get us into a final.
“It was the only moment of any real quality in the game.
“The conditions at Rugby Park, the pitch, doesn’t help in bringing a tempo to the game.
“But we know that so it is no excuse for the first half performance.
“Kilmarnock played the way they should have in the first half as they were far more aggressive and first to every ball.
“They forced mistakes.”
After a woeful first 45 minutes, McInnes demanded the Dons turn around their performance in the second half.
McInnes said: “If I was a scout watching us in the first half I would struggle to find out what we were actually trying to do.
“We were half-hearted with our passing and half-hearted with our working in behind.
“We didn’t engage with our front two enough.
“The only one who was bringing any level of performance and playing the game in the right manner in that first half was Lewis Ferguson.
“I thought the mind-set of the players had to change and we spoke about that at half time.
“We weren’t brilliant in the second half.
“It wasn’t like all of a sudden there were flashes of quality everywhere.
“But at least we gave ourselves the chance to win the game.”
McInnes was pleased to see his side respond after the break.
He said: “It is similar to Tynecastle (2-1 loss to Hearts) where we gave ourselves too much to do in that first half.
“But in the second half (against Hearts) we didn’t get the result.
“Against Kilmarnock it was different as we got a more complete performance in the second half.
“We had to fight for everything, which is the way It has to be when you come to places like Kilmarnock in the second half.
“Then Lewis produced that bit of quality for the winner.”
McInnes, who said he had no problem with the penalty for Kilmarnock’s opener, reacted to the Reds’ dismal first 45 minutes by making an attacking change at the break.
He introduced striker Stevie May for midfielder Dominic Ball.
However, it was another substitute – striker Bruce Anderson – who turned the game with the equaliser.
It was the second time this season Anderson had came off the bench to net a vital goal.
He scored an injury time goal to secure a 1-1 draw with Rangers in the opening game of the Premiership campaign.
McInnes said: “May and Anderson did very well.
“Anderson got the equaliser, and at that time it was just about if we would run out of time to go and win it.”