However Calderwood, who left Pittodrie in May last year, did not have a winning return to his old stomping ground, losing 1-0 to the Dons.
Calderwood said: "I have to thank the Aberdeen fans. You get a bit sentimental and a lump in your throat. It was a fabulous reception and I didn't expect it to be that good."
He added: "It cements the wonderful five years we had here and the wonderful city it is. Although there were a few games where the reception I got was a bit different!"
The Kilmarnock boss thought his side were unfortunate to leave the Granite City without anything to show for their efforts.
He said: "That was probably the best we have been on the ball. We haven't had too much time to work with them because of the midweek games. The first goal was always going to be vital, which they got through a wonderful strike from Derek.
"After that I thought it was one-way traffic and they were hanging on at the end but we didn't get that wee bit of luck we needed. But that is a team that is aiming for Europe and I don't think there was too much between us."