ABERDEEN stormed back to second in the Premiership table after battling back from behind to beat Ross County 3-1 at Pittodrie.
The Dons struggled in the first half and were deservedly 1-0 down at half-time.
Aberdeen left to boos from the Red Army at the break, the first time the fans have jeered the team in Derek McInnes’ two-and-a-half years at the club.
However they responded with goals from Adam Rooney, Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn to take the points and capitalise on rivals Hearts’ 2-2 draw at Motherwell.
Dons boss Derek McInnes made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Hamilton last weekend.
Centre-back Ash Taylor was dropped with Paul Quinn reinstated.
Andrew Considine also returned at left-back, with Peter Pawlett benched.
Skipper Ryan Jack missed the clash having failed to recover from an ankle injury.
Ross County drew first blood following the loss of possession in midfield by Aberdeen.
The Staggies capitalised as Craig Curran burst into the penalty area and slammed a low drive beyond on loan Liverpool keeper Danny Ward in the 14th minute.
Moments later Jonny Hayes clipped a cross that picked out Andrew Considine at the far post but at stretch he failed to make clean contact.
His close range shot was easily saved by keeper Gary Woods.
Again Hayes was provide in the 19th minute when his free-kick found Adam Rooney only for the striker to send a 10 yard diving header wide.
Early in the second half McGinn beat two men on a mazy run to open up space only to have his 15 yard drive blocked by keeper Woods.
A sublime turn from McGinn on the left flank saw him leave Macus Fraser chasing shadows.
The Northern Ireland international broke down the flank and drilled a cross along the face of goal.
Striker Adam Rooney pounced a the far post by slamming home a powerful 15 yard drive for his 10th of the season in the 50th minute.
Two minutes later Aberdeen took the lead when Jonny Hayes cross from the left flank floated over keeper Gary Woods and into goal at the back post.
Yet again McGinn threatened when he was played in on goal by Hayes. Keeper Woods got down quickly to block his shot in the 75th minute.
Keeper Ward produced a sensational save moments later to block Scott Boyd’s diving header at the near post.
Niall McGinn made in three for the Dons in the 80th minute.
Substitute Craig Storie cleared off the line in the dying minutes for Aberdeen.