Crusaders stand-in captain Ryan Crotty praised his side's fightback in Saturday's 18-17 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.
"I was proud of the way we fought back and got the momentum back our way," said Crotty, who finished as Crusaders captain after Kieran Read was forced from the field with an injury in the 30th minute.
"We had it early but they really had it towards the back end of that first half. But we really ground our way back. It was one of the Crusaders games of old, we really dug deep and clawed our way back into it."
The Chiefs were possibly the better team in a rain-drenched match but they had a costly tendency to kick away the cream of their possession. They were also unable to stem a flow of penalties which favored the Crusaders at the start of both halves.
"It was disappointing," said Chiefs skipper Liam Messam.
"We did enough to win that game and also did enough to lose it.
"We can take lessons from this and if we do we will still be a champion side."