Fiji head coach John McKee hailed his players' performance after they finished their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 47-15 victory over Uruguay in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
The Pacific Islanders impressed during their defeats to England, Australia and Wales but although they won't make the tournament's quarter-finals, McKee believes their win over Uruguay was important for his players and their fans.
"It was massively important [not to go home winless]," he said.
"There's been a lot of hard work in the preparations.
"We've got a talented squad, but we've faced some huge challenges in the first three games we played," said the Kiwi.
"We came here with high ambitions to thrive and maybe upset one or two of the big teams. That didn't happen, but it's important that tonight we got some consolation.
"It's important for the group and also important for the fans back home and all the Fijians around the world that have shown support for our team all the way through the tournament."