CJ Stander was proud of Ireland's resolve to clinch a draw against Wales after being named Man of the Match on his Test debut.
Stander played his first game for Ireland after qualifying on residency grounds and the Munster captain continued his outstanding form this season with an assured performance on his international debut, recording an eye-watering 23 carries.
Rhys Priestland and Johnny Sexton traded late penalties in Dublin to leave the two sides tied on 16 points as time expired.
Stander noted that Ireland's intensity dipped in the second half but was happy enough with the defending champions' start to the Six Nations.
"It's points on the board, so we'll take that and move forward," Stander told RTE.
"Both teams came out and played great rugby.
"I'm proud of the boys to hold on at the end. When we had the ball we did some great work, in the first half we were flying, the second half we slipped a bit but it was a good effort.
"It's a good start and we can build on that."