'There's an alcohol ban for the players on the flight home, but that may be lifted' - Joe Schmidt
For Kiwi native Joe Schmidt, this is a victory to further confirm his place as Ireland's greatest coach of all time.
While hailing the tributes to Foley, Schmidt also admitted Ireland must quickly refocus - with New Zealand to face yet again, in Dublin on November 19.
"I really thought the players did themselves proud, but to be fair they did Axel proud and his family, and they did their country proud," said Schmidt.
"I actually said something inadvertently during the week like 'If you win here I don't really care too much about what you do for the rest of the series'. So I've put my foot in it there!
"There's an alcohol ban for the players on the flight home, but that will probably be lifted as soon as the boys sit down."
Jordi Murphy looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament problem, while New Zealand's Ryan Crotty tore his hamstring, and centre George Moala suffered a serious elbow injury.
All three are unlikely to feature again across the autumn internationals.
New Zealand boss Steve Hansen hailed Ireland's victory, admitting the All Blacks had got out of jail in the last-gasp 24-22 win in Dublin in 2013.
"Inevitably it's going to happen, it's sport," said Hansen of the end of New Zealand's record winning streak.
"We've got to make sure the loss isn't wasted, we've got to make sure it takes us somewhere where we get better.
"It was going to happen sooner or later. They deserved to win in 2013, and they deserved it here."