A deserved standing ovation from the Dons fans in the 1-0 defeat of Hibs was confirmation Stevie May is finding his form.
Now last summer’s £400,000 signing has vowed to take the next step by delivering goals.
Despite netting just once this season, the 26-year-old’s confidence is high after a performance against Hibs hailed as “brilliant” by boss Derek McInnes.
The former Preston North End striker may not have scored, but his work rate and appetite against the Easter Road side were recognised by the Red Army.
All that is missing is the goals and May is upbeat he can deliver that to end a near nine-month Premiership goal drought.
He said: “The goals will come, I just need a bit of luck to go my way and they will start coming.
“I feel like I am playing well.
“Like any striker I want to be scoring goals but as long as I am helping the team, that is the main thing.
“However, I know if I keep working hard the goals will come.”
Scotland cap May has not scored a goal in the Premiership since March 31 last season, in a 4-1 defeat of St Johnstone.
That is the only Premiership goal he has scored this year.
He has netted once this season, on August 18 in a 4-0 defeat of St Mirren in the Betfred Cup at Pittodrie.
Since then the centre-forward has featured in 10 games without a goal.
His contribution was at the heart of the defeat of Hibs, and that was recognised by the 15,000-strong Red Army who rose to their feet to applaud May off the pitch when substituted late on.
On the ovation, he said: “That was nice.
“It is always great to get that reception.”
May came close to ending his goal drought when he rounded keeper Adam Bogdan, only to be closed down by back-tracking Darren McGregor as he readied to shoot.
He said: “I chipped it over the keeper and the defender got back and got there just before me.
“I had to slide in to get it over the keeper and he can also shift (McGregor).
“I thought I was going to nick in still when it was bouncing up, but Darren did well to get back in.
“It would have been nice to get the goal but at the end of the day we are all just buzzing to get another three points.
“It was another win on the board that takes us to four in a row now.
“We are all delighted in there going into the international break and it’s always nice to finish on high form.”
Those four straight victories have elevated Aberdeen from eighth in the Premiership table up into the top six.
Being in the bottom half of the league standings was an unfamiliar position for the Dons under Derek McInnes.
In the previous four seasons Aberdeen have finished league runners-up to Celtic.
Now that they are back in familiar territory May is determined to continue the ascent up the table.
May said: “It is nice to get back up into the top six where we should be.
“We knew we had to put a few wins together to get back to the top six and have managed to do that.
“Every game we just need to go out and try to win it and see where it takes us.”
The recent resurgence in Premiership form has followed the confirmation of a Betfred Cup final spot against holders Celtic on Sunday December 2. Since overcoming Rangers 1-0 in the Hampden semi-final the Reds have won all three league matches, against Hibs, Kilmarnock and Hamilton.
May accepts the race is now on to secure a slot for that Hampden final, the club’s fourth under McInnes.
He said: “There is a lot of competition all over the park so everyone will be desperate to be in that team for the final.
“We all just have to keep working hard and see what happens.”
Aberdeen conquered horrendous weather conditions with a gale howling across Pittodrie to secure the win over HIbs.
May said: “The wind was all over the place and the corner flags were all going different ways.
“You didn’t really know which way the wind was coming, which made it hard for everyone out on the pitch.
“It was tough but we managed to get the job done.”
With the wind swirling and the flight of the ball difficult to judge conditions were particularly difficult for defenders.
However, Aberdeen secured a clean sheet, the third in the four-game winning sequence having also shut out Rangers and Hamilton.
May said: “When the conditions are like that it makes the defenders uneasy at times and it becomes a bit harder to judge. Putting as much pressure on the Hibs defenders definitely helped.
“As a team we worked really hard and pressed well and that comes from the top end of the park and the midfield follow on from that. We have kept clean sheets by defending as a team.
“When you know the team can do that it is good because we have quality in players like Gary (Mackay-Steven) who can go and get a goal out of nothing.
“After Gary’s goal we were pretty comfortable.
“It was a really good win and was always going to be hard work as Hibs are a good side.”