Autumn Internationals: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen relieved after last-gasp win in Ireland
Steve Hansen was both relieved and proud of his New Zealand side after they snatched a 24-22 victory against Ireland.
Last Updated: 25/11/13 6:20am
Ryan Crotty scored a try in the final play of the game as the All Blacks came from 22-7 down to become the first team in the professional era to win all of their Tests in a calendar year.
"I'd like to compliment Ireland on a sensational performance, they rattled us and had us 15 points down.They were outstanding," said the 54-year-old, whose side chalked up their 14th and final win of 2013 in Dublin.
"That wasn't in the script, that is for sure. However, I am extremely proud of the 23 guys who came from where they did and clawed their way over the line.
"It was special and is a great achievement. It has been a great year.
"However, we have a lot of work to do to stay where we are."
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, who made his debut at Lansdowne Road in 2001, felt the turning point came when Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton missed a kickable penalty four minutes from time.
"I thought if that had gone over it would have been game over but instead it missed and I could feel our players get a lift from that," said the 32-year-old.
"The Irish guys then tried to eat up time but I have always felt as a player that that can backfire and so it did here.
"There is a bit of a funny atmosphere in the changing room. It is one of relief that we got over the line.
"Maybe it was an ugly performance but it is pretty special what we have achieved and to claw it back like we did makes me so proud."