Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes felt his side merited the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock that moved the Dons up to second in the Scottish Premiership.
Peter Pawlett scored the decisive goal 21 minutes from the end.
"I thought we deserved to win it on chances created," McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland.
"We needed to bring more tempo to the game from the first half. We started the second half like a train. Peter hit the post, we missed two or three opportunities and we were far better on the front foot.
"The players deserve a lot of credit because at that period when the goal wasn't coming you can easily think it's not going to be your day but I thought to a man they kept to their task, worked extremely hard to make sure it went our way, and scored a very good goal.
"Of course we wanted to score more but we would have taken 1-0 before the game. We weren't at our best but there was more to like about us than not."
Killie boss Allan Johnston did not feel he could criticise his players following defeat at Pittodrie.
"I don't think you could fault the players for the effort they put in. They gave everything and they weren't far away against a top quality Aberdeen side," he said.
"If we put in that type of performance, we're not going to be far away. The performances are getting better.
"We seem to be getting punished for any mistake we're making at the moment and we've got to take our chances as well.
Ross Barbour replaced injured Darryl Westlake in the first half and Johnston said of the latter: "He's going for an x-ray later so fingers crossed it's nothing too serious."