Dai Young says the attitude of his Cardiff Blues players was the key factor in Sunday's Amlin Challenge Cup triumph over Toulon.
The Blues became the first Welsh side to win a European trophy thanks to a stunning 28-21 win in front of a record crowd Marseilles.
The Welsh capital outfit looked like letting the chance of a European title pass them by as they trailed 13-6 at half-time but Young praised the never-say-die approach that ultimately led to glory.
"The attitude was excellent as we could have chucked the towel in at some stages," said Young immediately after a famous triumph at the Stade Veledrome.
"We were hanging on by our toenails a bit in the first half but we showed togetherness and determination and, when we had the opportunities, we took them. That's what Cup finals are all about really.
"We had confidence in our own ability that if we got enough ball in the right area - which we didn't on occasions - and went through the phases, the opportunities would come and that proved to be the case."
Tries from Jamie Roberts, Bradley Davies and Leigh Halfpenny saw the Blues shock a largely French crowd in what was a truly stunning end to the European season.
But despite masterminding another success on the road following away wins over Newcastle Falcons and London Wasps, Young refused to take any personal credit for a success that will be greeted with massive applause throughout the Welsh nation.
"It must have been a great game to watch," added Young.
"It's another sign of how much we're moving forward as a region. I'm really pleased for all the players because they put all the hard work in and they deserve all the plaudits. They showed how much the group means to each other.
"It's not about me. It's about the players, the Board, and everyone who's kept faith in each other.
"We've got to enjoy tonight, but we're still not the finished article, we've still got to make improvements and we'll look forward to next year."
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