Ireland boss Eddie O'Sullivan acknowledged his side's RBS 6 Nations Championship title aspirations are alive following their 31-5 victory over Wales.
The Irish sit third in the championship table, with victories over Scotland and England in their remaining games delivering a Triple Crown and possible RBS 6 Nations title.
''We have to take one game at a time but it's great to be in situation where we are the authors of our own destiny in the championship,'' he said.
Wales raced out of the blocks and subjected Ireland to heavy pressure in the opening quarter but the departure of fly-half Stephen Jones with a dead leg in the 22nd minute coincided with their collapse.
After running in an eighth minute try through winger Mark Jones they shipped 31 unanswered points with David Wallace, Shane Horgan and Peter Stringer crossing for Ireland.
Ronan O'Gara kept the scoreboard ticking over with four penalties and two conversions and O'Sullivan was impressed by his side's return to winning ways.
He said: ''I'm very pleased with the performance. It was very solid and workmanlike. Any notions that Wales weren't going to play were blown away fairly early on.
''They got possession and held on to it. They ran us hard and made us work. They scored an early try which threw the gauntlet down at us but we responded very well.
''Over the 80 minutes we deserved to win the game and played the better rugby. The most pleasing aspect was our defence - we defended superbly.''
There were worrying scenes in the 72nd minute when Marcus Horan was stretchered off following a collision with Gethin Jenkins but O'Sullivan eased concerns over the Munster prop.
He explained: ''Marcus Horan is fine. He took a knock to his neck. At the time he thought he had a crack in it.
''We took all the right precautions in getting him off the pitch which often makes these things look worse than they are. I have no problem with the incident.''
Meanwhile, Wales caretaker coach Scott Johnson refused to blame the upheaval that has hit Welsh rugby in the last fortnight for the defeat.
The defeat effectively ends Wales' reign as RBS 6 Nations champions and occurred in front of a backdrop of a tough week for Welsh rugby.
Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock resigned on Valentine's night and captain Gareth Thomas is out for the remainder of the championship with a damaged artery in his neck.
''The goings on over the last couple of weeks have not been of concern to me or the team,'' said Johnson.
''Our primary focus has been on the game. We don't make excuses.''
Johnson was frustrated by the loss of fly-half Jones, but felt his side stuck to their guns.
''Stephen would have been the last bloke we would have wanted to replace after 20 minutes,'' admitted Johnson.
''In the first 20 minutes we showed real endeavour and good completion skills. But we let ourselves down after that, our kicking out of hand and our execution went against us.
''We put ourselves under pressure. We have got to be right to play our game and clearly in the second half we didn't do that.''