Rebels head coach Tony McGahan hailed the importance of Sunday's win after brushing past the Waratahs in Sydney.
A first ever win for the Rebels away to the 'Tahs was also their fourth victory this year, moving them level on points at the top of the Australian Conference with the Brumbies.
Key defence in the closing stages at Allianz Stadium prevented the Waratahs from completeing a big comeback, given the Rebels were 21-3 up at half-time, and McGahan pinpointed how the spirit within the squad had played a major role in the Rebels' defence being so strong.
Now following their bye week McGahan wants to see the Rebels make similar strides with their attacking game.
“We don’t have a long history, like the Waratahs so for us to accumulate these wins and especially away from home, it’s really important and just shows you the spirit of the group and how hard they’re working and where they’re getting to,” McGahan told the ARU website.
“I think for us now (we need) to take a break and assess where we’re at.
“We’ll have a lot to take out of it but I think the group itself will have a lot more to learn and get better at because we have significant challenges.
“Our defence has been a strong point (this season).
“I certainly think there’s some technical things there but I think like most good defences it’s built on a real mateship and a real spirit about what they do and real understanding and trust about where they’re going.
“That’s been a strong part of certainly our season so far and we need to continue and we need to continue to bring our attack up to that level as well.”