The 23-year-old midfielder had not played in defence since his youth and revealed that the experiment had been tried during die Mannschaft's tournament preparations
The Bayer Leverkusen ace is a midfielder by trade, but was utilised at the back during the game in Lviv and as well as looking defensively sound, the 23-year-old popped up with the winning goal.
Bender, who featured as a substitute in his country's previous two Group B outings against Portugal and the Netherlands, revealed that Joachim Low's decision to switch him to right-back had not come as a surprise.
"That is not my position but I played there during the entire build-up," the former 1860 Munich man told ARD.
"I should be humble. What is important is the team and that we continue to be successful. We have a positive spirit in our team.
"Apart from the goal, starting my first game [at the Euros] was something special. But I am happy I could score. That is, of course, a nice present."
Having topped their group with a 100 per cent winning record, Germany will now take on Greece in the last eight.