McInnes relieved as City stay up
Derek McInnes admitted "relief, rather than joy" was the primary emotion as a 2-0 win over Barnsley ensured Championship survival.
Bristolian Cole Skuse scored his second goal in as many games and a second-half penalty from player of the year Jon Stead sparked scenes of celebration at the end.
McInnes, who took over in October last year, said: "The overriding emotion is of relief, rather than joy. It has been battle against relegation from the moment I arrived and tonight at last we can relax a bit.
"It was never going to be a classic game on a day when the result was everything to us. The players deserve huge credit for going on a seven-match unbeaten run when it mattered most.
"We can all enjoy a drink tonight before preparing to take three more points at Burnley in our final game. Staying up means so much to so many people.
"But the hard work is only just beginning. I know how big this club can be and I want the next celebration here to be one brought about by promotion."