Ireland defender Seamus Coleman could not hide his delight after their 1-1 draw with England at Wembley.
The Everton full-back was prominent throughout the tie, setting up the opening goal for Shane Long, and after a series of heavy losses for Giovanni Trapattoni's men against the top nations in the last 12 months, the result was especially pleasing for the ex-Sligo Rovers player.
"[It was] brilliant, since the fixture was announced we were all looking forward to it and we wanted to go out there and give a good account of ourselves. I thought our fans were brilliant and we played some lovely football at times and a draw isn't the worst result," Coleman told reporters after the game.
The 23-year-old was typically modest about his role in the goal and preferred to look ahead to the Republic’s World Cup qualifier on Friday week against the Faroe Islands.
He said: "I just put in an area and Shane got up and it was a fantastic header, I'm sure he's delighted with his goal.
"The main reason for this trip is the Faroe Islands, so we'll need to be prepared for that. We can't afford to slip up."
Meanwhile, winger Aiden McGeady, who played for his club Spartak Moscow on Sunday prior to the clash, was also full of praise for Long's 13th minute goal.
He said: "It was a great cross and a great header, when you put the ball in the box for [Long], he's got an unbelievable leap for the size of him, and I wasn't surprised when he stuck it in.
"It was a good result for us. Everybody knew the importance of the game. There's not been a game in almost 20 years so the last few days in training was good and everyone was looking forward to it.
"You can see they've got a lot of quality in their team but I felt we gave a good account of ourselves, everyone is pretty pleased.
"It's totally different playing against the best players in the Premier League and that's what England have.
"I dragged a couple of shots wide but overall I was quite happy with the way the team played," added the former Celtic attacker.