John Henderson said it was “fantastic” to go toe-to-toe with Michael van Gerwen in front of his home crowd.
The Highlander secured a magnificent 6-6 draw against the world No 1, defending Premier League champion and three-time world champion at the AECC.
The Huntly thrower was given a sensational reception by the 4,000 capacity crowd after he was piped on to the stage.
Hendo was invited to play in round five of the Premier League in the Granite City after fellow Scot Gary Anderson withdrew due to a back injury.
The PDC chose to invite nine “contenders” for the first nine weeks rather than just replace Anderson with one player.
Henderson more than justified his inclusion and he gave his home crowd plenty to shout about.
He hit six 180s and averaged 97.38 as he rallied from 3-0, 5-3 and 6-4 behind to draw with Van Gerwen.
Hendo, 45, said: “The bagpipes is something that gets to me emotionally, I love the bagpipes.
“So to be piped on was great but I have to be honest I could hardly hear what was being played because of the noise of the crowd. It was so loud and it was brilliant and the crowd were fantastic.
“I’ve always said that when you play in things like this that you forget the crowd is there after the first leg. But it was hard to forget they were because they were so behind me.
“I hope they didn’t put Michael off too much but it gave me a boost and helped me get back into it after being 3-0 behind.
“Surprisingly enough, I was OK with the nerves.
“I was all right but then I heard the crowd coming in and my name being chanted.
“It hit me as I was away to go on but I felt I handled it pretty well. I must admit I did OK, I hit six 180s. It was fantastic to play.
“To play the best player in the world in front of the home crowd and draw 6-6, I’ll take that every day of the week!”
In the penultimate match of the night, Scot Peter Wright cruised to a 7-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld with an average above 106.
Victory moves “Snakebite” on to six points and fifth in the Premier League table.
He said: “I got the win and that was the plan.
“I wasn’t happy with the average when I had been at 111 earlier in the match but a win is a win.
“I’ve got three more matches before the cut-off so that keeps me in touch.
“It’s amazing in front of a Scottish crowd and I feel like I’ve got big shoes to fill with Gary Anderson not here.
“Me and John Henderson had a big job to do but I always enjoy coming to Aberdeen.”
In the opening match of the night, Rob Cross won five legs on the spin from 2-1 down and ended up beating Michael Smith 7-3 to move to seven points.
In the second match, James Wade recorded the first whitewash of the 2019 Premier League, thumping Daryl Gurney 7-0 with a 109.59 average to also move on to seven points.
The Englishman said: “Any dart player that is pleased with a whitewash doesn’t reflect well on their respect for other dart players and their respect for the game.”
In match three, Gerwyn Price swept aside Mensur Suljovic 7-3. Both players were booed by the crowd when they walked on.
Price for his altercation with Gary Anderson in last year’s Grand Slam final and Suljovic for his walk-on music choice of “Simply the Best”.
Price has seven points along with Van Gerwen, Wade and Cross.