Neil Redfearn remained cool on the prospect of being the next Leeds manager after his caretaker spell in charge brought three points at wintry Ashton Gate.
The home side finished with nine men after having defender James Wilson and winger Yannick Bolasie sent off on a treacherous pitch and goals from Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio made it a day to remember for Redfearn, who described at as "an honour" to be in charge of a Leeds team.
"I feel I am capable of doing the manager's job and have the necessary experience in the game," said Redfearn. "But the decision will be made from above and I am not stupid. I realise some big names are being linked with the vacancy."
He added: "I will just keep doing the job the board have asked of me and if I am teeing things up for someone else to take charge then so be it.
"For now I am just delighted to have helped the players get a great result and rebuild some confidence."
Just before the break Wilson sent McCormack tumbling as he threatened to break clear and as last man was rightly sent off by referee James Linington.
Bolasie was booked twice in as many minutes for fouls early in the second half and from then on City's nine men struggled to prevent a rout.
City manager Derek McInnes said: "I thought the referee got one sending-off right and the other wrong. Wilson didn't get a touch on the ball so he had to go, but the red card for Bolasie was very harsh.
"The Leeds player made the most of the challenge for his first booking and there was no intent to bring his opponent down when the second yellow card was issued.
"The decisions affected the game, but we can't blame the result on them. We were naive in certain situations and need to learn the lessons from that."