Manager Derek McInnes paid tribute to Bristol City stalwart Louis Carey following his testimonial against local rivals Bristol Rovers.
McInnes' side marked the occasion with a 3-0 win over the Pirates thanks to goals from Martyn Woolford, Albert Adomah and Stephen Pearson.
Carey was withdrawn shortly after half-time to rapturous applause, having struggled with a hip injury during the week.
"He deserved the ovation he got before the game, during the game and after the game," McInnes told the club's official website. "I think he was a bit nervous no-one would turn up! But ticket sales in the last couple of days really helped matters.
"It was a fantastic atmosphere. The Rovers fans getting behind their team and the rivalry made it a proper game. We wanted to make sure we put in a performance that merited the game.
"It's more important players feel confident with their fitness and their performances but results can only help that."