Substitute Vernon struck a superb goal on the spin just three minutes after replacing youngster Cammy Smith, to move the Dons to within three points of joint pacesetters Caley and Celtic.
The 29-year-old striker admits it has been a frustrating time for him but he was clearly delighted to have found the net and hopes for more of the same in the future.
He said: "It felt good. It's a situation where I want to get chances and prove myself. I've not played as much as much as I would have liked at the start of this season, and each minute on the pitch is a chance to change that.
"Today, helping the team to three points, will help with that, and in the future when I get more chances I can hopefully continue to do that."
"It's been frustrating," Vernon added. "You keep plugging away. I'm not one to get down. I try to look on the bright side and stay positive, I keep chipping away in training and working my hardest. I feel that if you sulk about, you don't get anywhere and don't help yourself."
Now seemingly the fourth-choice striker at Pittodrie behind Niall McGinn, Calvin Zola and Josh Magennis, the former Colchester man reaffirmed his commitment to Derek McInnes' side, saying: "I've been in the game a long time and you never know what's round the corner in football.
"I've never thought that I want to leave the club, but you do wonder if the writing is on the wall when you're not getting games and not getting on. The manager picks the team he thinks will win the game, so you have to respect that."
After tasting defeat for the first time this season, Inverness defender Josh Meekings vowed that his side will bounce back quickly.
Terry Butcher's side travel to Dundee on League Cup duty in midweek, and 21-year old Meekings sees that as the ideal opportunity to get back on track.
He said: "It's obviously disappointing, but we can take a lot of positives from it, as we put up a really good fight. It wasn't a game that I thought either side should have won, and a draw would have been a fair result.
"These things happen. Teams are going to start coming after us because we've been doing quite well so we've got to keep going and concentrate on ourselves. We've got a chance to go and redeem ourselves in midweek."
Such are the margins in football, that the visitors could have taken the lead two minutes before Vernon bagged what proved to be the winner. Meekings' central defensive partner, Gary Warren, saw his header hacked off the line by Cammy Smith.
Meekings said: "It was a good chance for Gary, but they've made a good clearance. It was a chance that could have won the game so it's a bit disappointing from that point of view."
Asked if he could foresee a battle with Aberdeen to finish best of the rest behind Celtic, Meekings added: "We're not looking at anyone else in the league. We've set ourselves targets and will just take each game as it comes, whether that be in the cup or the league."