Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles was a proud captain after his men claimed their first Super Rugby title thanks to a 20-3 win over the Lions.
Coles, who managed to shake off a rib injury to start the match, had to come off early in the second-half but bravely returned to action.
The title win was a long time coming for the Hurricanes and with their defence once again standing firm, Coles was delighted at full-time.
"I'm proud of the boys. The belief we showed in the last seven to eight weeks is a credit to the culture and team and I'm happy to bring a championship to the Hurricanes," he told Sky Sports, with the Hurricanes winning eight successive games to round out the campaign in fine style.
"We knew it was coming. We've been playing knockout rugby for the last eight weeks so had to keep winning and it became a habit I suppose.
"The preparation we put in this week is a credit to this franchise. There's been a lot of sorrow for this club but tonight we can finally say we're champions. It (this title victory) goes out to all of those Hurricanes players who have played in the past, we finally did it!"
Meanwhile, number eight Victor Vito was delighted to mark his 100th match in Super Rugby with a title win as he moves on a happy player.
"I would like to thank my parents, my wife and my boy," the hard-working number eight said ahead of his switch to La Rochelle in France.
"It's been a long time coming for us in Wellington and I'm just glad on my last game we could make it happen."