Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan was especially pleased with his side's latest RBS 6 Nations win after world champions England pushed the hosts all the way on Sunday.
Ireland were never at their best in a tightly contested affair but Brian O'Driscoll led by example, and a moment of inspiration from the skipper saw him score the decisive try to keep Irish dreams of a first Grand Slam since 1948 alive.
''What I do know is that England played well and when that happens it makes a very good victory for us," O'Sullivan said after the 19-13 win.
''In the second half we got the crucial try at the crucial moment.
''We also slotted over our penalties and drop goals and if we hadn't missed a drop goal and a penalty which Ronan O'Gara would normally have kicked then we would have put the game away easier.
''As it was we had to defend for long periods and that is all good for the confidence of the team.
''I think our try was very well worked, it was a gem, as good a try as we have scored for a while.
''We played a lot of good stuff, it wasn't perfect but then rugby is never perfect.
''It's been a long hard week but we take away a lot of satisfaction from this.
''The guys really believe in what they are doing, three or four years ago we wouldn't have won that game. Right now all the pieces of the jigsaw seem to be coming together.''
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
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After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.