Ireland winger Tommy Bowe believes that victory over South Africa demonstrated that the current team is capable of beating any side on their day.
Coming off the back of a win over the All Blacks last time out in the Rugby Championship, the Springboks were hoping to get the Autumn Series off to a winning start, but second-half tries from Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe, plus a flawless performance from Johnny Sexton was enough for the home side to enjoy a 14 point success.
Bowe was quick to praise the defensive effort against such physical opponents and after last year's narrow defeat to New Zealand, says the win will do wonders for self-belief.
"We had a great focus," the Ulster winger said.
"We can take anyone on our day. We really believe we can take anybody."
Bowe missed the Six Nations through injury admitted that he was thrilled to be back in the international fold after a year's absence.
"It's great for me to be back. It was great to get in for a try," he said after crediting Conor Murray with a "fantastic" kick to put Bowe in for a crucial score.
"Training has been tough, but we were confident."
The winger also singled out Jared Payne for special praise on his international debut while suggesting that there are still areas that will need improving, particularly with the Australia Test in two weeks' time in mind.
The talk for the last week has been about the new South Africa. Not Rainbow Nation stuff, rather the way the Springboks have developed their game - beyond steamrolling opponents, reversing, and steam-rolling them again - to something that allowed for attacking spaces as well as faces.
Joe Schmidt hailed the courage of his team in the face of the extreme physical challenge the Irish faced against the formidable size of the South African team. Although he relished victory it was the physical bravery of his side that had him smiling in the Aviva Stadium last night.