They left it late, but Aberdeen secured a fantastic three points on the opening weekend of Premiership action.

A late goal from Ryan Hedges clinched a 3-2 victory over Hearts at Pittodrie. The Dons initially took the lead through man of the moment Sam Cosgrove.

Cosgrove has now scored eight in his last five games. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

The introduction of Steven Naismith changed the game, with his appearance from the bench inspiring Hearts to race into the lead.

Cosgrove netted again from the spot though ten minutes from time to level the scoring once again, before Hedges sealed the victory.

Aberdeen proved they have one key trait in this game- character.

Aberdeen achieved victory through teamwork and character during Premiership opener

Derek McInnes’ men were in complete control up until Naismith’s introduction. After he helped Hearts net a quickfire double, Aberdeen looked like a tired outfit.

McInnes probably feared the worst when the Jambos took the lead. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

From somewhere though, everyone in red built up the energy and strength to take the game to the Jambos.

Last season Aberdeen might not have came back from the damaging Hearts double. What they have running through this side at the moment though is character.

Every single player believes in their own ability. Everybody from Joe Lewis to James Wilson knows that they can give anyone a good match if they take the game to their opposition.

Aberdeen were brilliant on their return to Premiership action. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

They did just that against the Jambos and it worked a treat. Overall a Dons victory was a fair result. They played the better football over the course of the match.

Their character was on display for everyone to see. Aberdeen celebrated that third goal like a team that had been together for years. The reality is that it’s still a squad who are all getting to know each other, with five new signings playing their part in the match.

McInnes’ men were brilliant against the Jambos overall. The Dons have started this campaign in eye-catching fashion.

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