Dylan Hartley stressed his pride in the Saints team after they recovered from a ‘long week’ to claim a fine 18-9 win against Leinster on Saturday night.
Hartley and Co had lost 40-7 to the Irish side at Franklin’s Gardens eight days earlier, but recovered in style to secure a memorable success at the Aviva Stadium.
It was one of the club’s greatest nights in European competition, with players, coaches and fans savouring it.
And Hartley was full of praise for his team-mates after they stood up to everything thrown at them in the Heineken Cup Pool 1 battle.
“It was a long week last week,” said the skipper.
“It’s very rare you get to play the same team back to back, but I’m just so proud of the team.
“We knew we weren’t as poor as we were last week, not a team to concede 40 points so to come here and rectify thing was very satisfying.
“We got beat up at home last week, gainline on both sides of the coin, taking the ball into contact we got held up.
“The infamous choke tackle halted our game.
“This time, we did things very well.”