Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness: McInnes pleased with Dons' desire
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes reflected on an "important" three points gained following the 1-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The second-place Dons stretched their advantage over the Highlanders to 11 points, courtesy of Ash Taylor's second-half goal.
"I think it was clear how much the players wanted that tonight so I'm delighted," McInnes told BBC Scotland.
"I'm really pleased with what the boys gave us tonight."
Having drawn their last two games, there was an eagerness about Aberdeen as they set about getting back to winning ways.
"It was clear from the outset how important the three points were for us," McInnes explained.
"Inverness, we never really allowed them to get going at all. Even when we didn't have the ball, we were very good. We countered on them very well in the second half.
"All in all, I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. There's a lot to like about us this season, the progression we've made in terms of points [and] more goals scored.
"But it is important that Aberdeen go all the way to the end of the season and keep trying to maximise what we've got and keep winning games.
"The consistency shown from the players has been excellent. They should feel good about themselves and what they've achieved up until now."
Inverness boss John Hughes conceded that "Aberdeen deserved it" on the night.
"I was disappointed in the way that we conceded," he said. "In the last three or four games, we seem to switch off. I don't know what happens at half-time.
"We've touched on it and to lose a goal from a set piece right at the start, the first corner in the second half is bitterly disappointing.
"In the last 15 minutes when we really opened up and went expansive and changed our shape, they could've scored another one or two goals.
"We need to pass the ball quick, we need to pass it better, we need to go and express ourselves a little bit more and our decision-making in the final third, we have to have a little bit of belief that we can make it happen instead of hoping that it happens."
However, with fourth-place Dundee United also losing, Inverness maintain their eight-point advantage over the Tangerines.
"That European spot's within our grasp, let's go and grasp it," added Hughes.