Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden says that it was pleasing to see his team-mates show courage in their 24-16 Super Rugby victory over the Hurricanes.
The Chiefs victory kept them alive in the race for the Super Rugby play offs for another week while the Hurricanes face a nervous week as they wait to see if they can sneak in the back door.
The Chiefs have had a mixed season with seven wins, six losses and two draws and looked to have lost their spark.
They went into the match on a three match losing streak with many doubting that they would be able to stop the Hurricanes who had beaten them 45-8 earlier in the season.
Cruden said that the players had not stopped trying all season but it was that they were finally able to put it together on the field.
"The effort's been there all year but we probably haven't put that onto the paddock," Cruden said.
"It was good to see it tonight," added Cruden.
"There were a lot of motivating factors. Obviously, our season was on the line and we wanted to come here with our last home game at Waikato Stadium, and put in a performance our fans could be proud of.
"We wanted to get back to what we do best which is up the guts, then chuck it wide, and it worked for us tonight."
"There were a few doubters out there coming into the match and I guess a bit of fear among ourselves, but through fear comes courage, and the boys showed a lot of that."