Aberdeen winger Ryan Hedges believes he and his team-mates have given themselves a platform to build on following their strong response after the defeat by Celtic.
The Dons have bounced back from the 4-0 home loss to the Hoops last month by winning three games in a row for the first time this season.
Saturday’s 3-1 win at Ross County made it seven goals scored and just the one conceded by the Reds since their last defeat.
Hedges said: “To get three wins in a row is great.
“On the back of the Celtic game, the gaffer targeted nine points out of nine and thankfully that is what we have delivered.
“We are going into the international break full of confidence and with our heads held up high.
“It will give us something to build on when we come back.
“The Celtic game was a sore one but you can only pick yourself up and go again and that is exactly what we have done.
“Our performances and seven goals in three games is something we can build on and look to push on from.”
Practice made perfect for Aberdeen as Niall McGinn curled home one free kick for the equaliser before Hedges put his side ahead with a free kick of his own.
McGinn’s may have been deliberate while Hedges’s goal was a more fortuitous effort but he was happy to see his extra time on the training ground pay off with his fourth goal of the campaign.
He added: “You just need to try and put it into a dangerous area and if nobody gets a touch then you hope it goes in at the far post and luckily it did.
“None of their defenders were there to clear and thankfully it was a good delivery and one we needed.
“That is four goals now and hopefully I can keep building and get more before December.
“The win was the most important thing. As a forward player goals and assists are things you thrive on. If I can keep building on it and try to get more goals and set-pieces.”
On the extra work in perfecting set-piece deliveries paying off Hedges added: “There are always a few who will stay out and practise our set-pieces.
“It shows how important they are with our two free-kicks against County.
“We have scored numerous throughout the season and it is a strength we have in the team.
“There are quite a few, Lewis Ferguson, Niall McGinn, Ethan Ross and Connor McLennan as well who are willing to put our names in the hat if we get a free kick. If chances are limited and you do get a set-piece then it is something we can use to our advantage as we did in the Ross County game.
“Also in the Livingston game we scored a set-piece and a penalty and there are other games where that could be the difference.”