Mikhail Fomenko believes Ukraine's cup-final approach to their World Cup 2014 qualifier against Montenegro was vindicated following their emphatic 4-0 triumph on Friday.
Four second-half strikes from Denys Garmash, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Artem Fedetskiy and Roman Bezus handed the Yellow-Blues victory in Podogorica to place them within three points of the Group H table-toppers - who also had two players sent off on the night.
And the Ukraine coach was quick to pay tribute to his country's supporters for acting as "the 12th man" before
emphasising the importance of their game plan in the Balkan state and explaining that his half-time pep talk achieved its intended effect.
"Perhaps it was good that the half-time whistle was blown when it did. I had a talk with the guys [during the break] about tactics in the dressing room," he told reporters after the match.
"I did not see certain things in the first half so I conveyed my ideas to them and from there we were able to start over, which brought results.
"Only because of lost points can we equalled [the score] with Montenegro. These points still must be earned. We spoke about these points with the players, including before [Friday's] game. Every match for us is the last.
"I would not say that Montenegro are a weak team because of this result. The support was incredible, though. The fans really acted as the 12th man. We played almost like we were at home."