"I just felt today was a big game and the big-game players really did stand up," said Schmidt. "I'd like to see us keep going in a similar manner - though it's hard to keep going like that.
"You really have to get up for games like that and what we also demonstrated is that this is a really important European competition to us.
"I think that the quality of teams that were in the eight to start off with was top drawer. I think we have shown the right respect to the competition in chasing it very hard.
"At the same time, I think our supporters have come along and supported us in our quest for what is still a very important piece of European silverware.
"The performance was definitely up there, although I do think Biarritz dropped off a bit. If we are allowed to play we really enjoyed playing, and I think that was demonstrated on the field.
"The first try from Jamie (Heaslip) was top drawer. You work a long time on those ones to try and get them dead right.
"The second try was really good as well. It was a nice short pass from Rob Kearney to Brian O'Driscoll, who was strong in the tackle."