Jamie Heaslip admitted Ireland's Lions contingent could take satisfaction from having avenged their series defeat by South Africa.
The RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam champions posted a hard-fought 15-10 triumph at Croke Park on Saturday to amass their third successive victory over the Springboks.
Nine Lions who played the summer series won 2-1 by South Africa were in Ireland's 22 and Heaslip admits the triumph tastes all the sweeter for them.
"I was very confident that with the squad we have and the mentality we've generated over the past year that we could win," he said.
"I'm very happy with the performance. Since the last game of the Lions tour we had targeted this as a match we could win.
"Some of us lost two games to them in the summer and we felt that wasn't fair justice."