Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon insists grinding out results is a good habit - especially in the midst of an injury crisis.
The Dons received little praise for their display on Tuesday night after Andrew Considine's late goal earned them a 2-1 replay victory over Queen of the South in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
But Aberdeen have crashed out of competitions to a series of lower-league teams in recent years - including Queens - so a narrow win was arguably a sign of progress. There have been plenty of examples of such advancement in recent weeks, with Aberdeen having lost just once in 13 games.
Craig Brown's team are unbeaten in 2012 ahead of Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Johnstone at Pittodrie, and Vernon is satisfied with their resilient approach.
"I'm an experienced player and all through my career I have seen teams who can grind out results," the 28-year-old told RedTV. "It's a good habit to have and long may that continue.
"Obviously we want to play better football, more attractive football and be more entertaining for the fans. But at the end of the day the result is the thing that matters."