Joe Schmidt and Paul O'Connell hailed one of the most "bizarre" sporting days ever as Ireland wallowed in back-to-back championship for the first time since 1949.
Irish players waited anxiously in front of their TV screens as England pushed for the late try that would have won them the title - only for France to win a late penalty before eventually kicking he ball dead.
"I thought the game had finished," said a visibly exhausted head coach Joe Schmidt. "I thought fantastic then I looked up and saw that it wasn't good."
Captain Paul O'Connell, who refused to give any indication as to whether he would remain on for an unprecedented hat-trick title tilt, said: "It was strangest, more bizarre way to win a trophy. It was incredible.
"When you're playing a match you have to focus on the next moment, like France last year. Those feelings don't come into it but when you're watching it on TV, you're a supporter.
"You are completely powerless. It was a bizarre day. And then when we got the trophy, it was like Robbie Henshaw's 21st out there with all the 80s music being played!"
Henshaw laughed but confirmed that "This was much better than my 21st" as he celebrated his first championship with a title despite being burdened with the pressure of following the legendary Brian O'Driscoll
"A lot of things happened today but Jamie Heaslip's tackle at the end was not luck, a lot of things happened to make it good for us," continued O'Connell. "Maybe the Gods were smiling on us."
"It's an incredibly player led environment and the coaching staff are superb," head coach Schmidt added. "The provinces do a good job creating the athletes we need. Once the game kicks off, I'm just a spectator and I was an excited one today through three games.
"The players played a match today physically and then had to play another emotionally. It is special because we rebounded from Wales and Ireland hasn't won successive titles for a long time. Paul took them by the neck and dragged them through this week."
O'Connell's focus will now switch to the World Cup even though it remains unclear whether, like Brian O'Driscoll last season, he will bow out at the top.
"It's a strange position to be in, I have to be sensible. I don't have an answer myself, that's genuine. If it does finish, it would be a great way. Brian O'Driscoll finished this way and it would be nice.
"It's very satisfying, we trust the coaches and that is important particularly after last week. We try to avoid the criticism but the trust shone through this week. We'd love to produce more rugby like that but we are trying to do that. I don't care what way we play because winning a championship is so special.
"To go back to back is incredible, it is a very hard thing to do. We are a small island with four professional teams and the provinces really work together. Jason Cowman our fitness guy is incredible and the medical staff are important.
"You'd love to go to the World Cup and do well. We haven't got too far ahead of ourselves. We plan on what is front of us and leave that to the coaches. Joe is a fantastic coach and the whole staff are a massive influence. We have never questioned ourself."