Boss Derek McInnes today warned their Premiership rivals the Dons can beat anyone in the scrap to finish runners-up.
Aberdeen jumped into second spot in the league with a dominant 2-0 win over Hearts at Pittodrie. The Reds moved three points ahead of Rangers and six in front of Hibs, although both teams are in action this weekend.
Aberdeen’s bid for a fourth successive runners-up finish will hinge on the final three games against Hibs, Rangers and Celtic.
McInnes reckons his Reds can beat them all if their attack hits form.
He said: “When we are on it we can take it to anybody and when our attacking players click we can beat anybody.
“It is great to win the last two games, 2-0 at Kilmarnock and then the same against Hearts.
“When we have our key players back and play to form we are a tough team to beat.
“It (race for second) is exciting. We are glad to be right in it and get that three points added to our total.”
Hibs are in action later today against Kilmarnock while Rangers travel to Celtic tomorrow.
McInnes rejects the notion that the Dons gained a psychological advantage by securing three points before their rivals were in action.
He said: “I don’t really buy into that psychology side of it.
“We are ahead of them for now if you look at the league table.
“However, they (Rangers and Hibs) still have to play their games.
“It is just as important that, with each cycle of games and with each weekend, we do not lose any ground.
“And hopefully our results are better than the teams around us.”
Aberdeen had failed to score in their previous three games against Hearts but ended that drought with first-half goals from Anthony O’Connor and Gary Mackay-Steven.
McInnes said: “It was a good night as the intensity of work with the ball and without it was clear from minute one.
“We scored two very good goals and passed up a couple of good opportunities in both halves to add to that.
“We had 14 shots, seven on target and played with a lot of intelligence as well as the intensity. What we did at Pittodrie, and what we didn’t do at Tynecastle, was play with that intelligence and play in the wider areas with ball carriers.
“We kept our ball carriers active and tried to get on the outside of Hearts’ wingbacks and on the outside of John Souttar and Christophe Berra.
“We executed that part of it very well and everyone played their part.
“Hearts are renowned as a team who do not lose too many goals but we created plenty of chances.
“It was a thoroughly deserved three points.”
Striker Sam Cosgrove was handed a first start since signing from Carlisle in the January transfer window.
Cosgrove, 21, was sent off just eight minutes into his debut when coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Celtic in February.
The striker set up the opening goal with a header that found scorer O’Connor.
McInnes said: “I was pleased to see Sam Cosgrove play his part.
“He has been eager to do that and his presence allowed everyone around him to play off him.”
Aberdeen had lost 2-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle earlier this month.
McInnes was delighted to see a vastly improved performance.
“We are 22 points clear of Hearts in the league and it showed,” he said.
“Hearts changed their shape and went with a 3-4-1-2 to try to suck our centre-halves out.
“We adjusted to that to put that fire out and played against that.
“It didn’t need to be exciting in the second half as the job was done.
“It was important we got a clean sheet.”