Aberdeen captain Joe Lewis believes the Curtis Main who used to bully the Dons defence is back.
The striker has forced his way into the starting 11 following a slow start at Pittodrie thanks to his aggressive all-action combative style and goalkeeper Lewis could not be happier about it.
He said: “Curtis has been different class for us. He’s not got the goals in the last couple of games, but he’s led that line brilliantly.
“It’s the player that I remember playing against us when he was at Motherwell.
“I didn’t look forward to facing him then and I know the centre halves didn’t either. He really does give the opposition a real handful.
“He’s been brilliant and we have a bit more to our attacking game at the moment.”
Main played his part in a rousing comeback for the Dons on Wednesday as Aberdeen rallied from 2-0 down inside the opening 25 minutes to claim a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Matty Kennedy was also heavily involved, setting up Connor McLennan for the equaliser at Rugby Park and Lewis is delighted with the impact the former St Johnstone winger has made since arriving at Pittodrie.
The Dons goalkeeper was also pleased at seeing his side’s resilience on display at Killie but was still frustrated at not taking all three points.
He said: “Matty has been different class since he’s come into the club. His attitude off the pitch is the same as it is on the pitch. It’s positive.
“He’s a likeable lad and has been really good for us.
“We were disappointed with the goals we lost, but again we showed character to come back from it. We had opportunities to win the game and a draw was probably a fair result.
“But the character to come back has been there. We saw it before at Rugby Park and I thought we’d kick on and win the game at 2-2, but both teams had chances.
“We couldn’t find that final piece. We went there to win the game, but being two goals down, we cannot be too disappointed.”
The point gained at Rugby Park leaves Aberdeen in fourth place in the Premiership, there points behind Motherwell with nine games remaining.
With Hibernian, who visit Pittodrie tomorrow, among the clubs hoping to close the gap on the Dons Lewis knows a first home win in five league matches is vital.
He said: “We have a huge game against Hibs. It’s massive and they’ll look to bounce back from losing to Hearts, which they won’t have been pleased about.
“They’ll look to bounce back and so will we to kick on from a good second half at Kilmarnock.”