Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar paid tribute to his team's spirit during their 34-29 Champions Cup loss at Clermont on Sunday.
The Welsh region travelled to one of European rugby’s most impenetrable fortresses and stood toe-to-toe with last season’s European and Top 14 runners-up, who hadn’t lost at home in this competition since 2008 and have appeared in two of the last three finals.
An incredible fightback saw the 14-man Ospreys running in two tries in as many minutes to stun the Stade Marcel Michelin crowd and secure not only a losing bonus point but, also, a try bonus point.
It was the first time that the hosts had conceded four tries at home in this competition for more than seven years, when they last lost a home fixture, against a Sébastian Chabal inspired Sale in October 2008.
“What happened is just a huge testament to the boys” said Biggar.
“We’re fully aware we haven’t got the star names of teams like Clermont, Toulon and Saracens but what we have got is a huge amount of spirit.
“Fair play to the boys for sticking at it. It’s the best club atmosphere in the world, an absolutely incredible stadium out here and the boys rose to the challenge. If you'd given us two points beforehand we'd have certainly taken it.
"Looking back on the game we're probably a bit disappointed that we didn't get a win, but all in all we're ecstatic with two points.”