Just before I left my car to walk into Pittodrie on Saturday, Radio Scotland confirmed that St Johnstone would be missing danger man Michael O’Halloran and influential midfielder Chris Millar because of injury.
With Saints already without suspended first-team goalie Alan Mannus, the assignment against league leaders Aberdeen looked a daunting one.
Add in the fact that the Dons were doubly determined to get back to winning ways after two shock defeats, and there would have been few willing to stake a substantial amount on Tommy Wright’s side travelling back to Perth with all three points in the bag.
However, from the moment Brian Easton’s spectacular long-range effort flew into the back of the Aberdeen net in just the fifth minute, there was a sense that something special might be on the cards.
I was lucky enough to be at Ibrox nearly two weeks ago to witness Saints stun Rangers with a performance full of pace, power and precision but this display against Aberdeen was even better considering the standard of the opposition.
Admittedly, the Dons were in disarray defensively but their manager and former St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes nailed it on the head when he said: “The team who were streetwise, strong and stood up to the physical side of the game won it”.
These are heady days indeed for everyone of a Saints persuasion who would have dared to predict that their team would have won their last three games against Rangers, Dundee United and Aberdeen, scoring no less than 10 goals in the process?