TJ Reid says it was a case of Kilkenny rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done against Dublin last evening.
The injury-hit Cats looked to be in a spot of bother when they trailed by four points at the interval, but they stormed back in the second half to secure a 2-23 to 1-21 win, with Reid accounting for 2-12 of their tally.
"We knew it was going to be a war here," the Ballyhale clubman told RTÉ.
"Last year, in Parnell (Park) it was the exact same. Physical game, the rucks and the breaking ball needed to be won. First half, we didn't go well enough as a team. We reflected on that at half-time. Bit more energy in the second half, and look, we got on top of Dublin.
"It was a big game for us. A home game so it was vital for us to get two points on the board. It was just pure work-rate and honesty.
"We've Carlow next week in Dr Cullen Park and we can't take anything for granted. It's a big game, so happy days."
Commenting on the bizarre first half incident where Dublin selector Greg Kennedy, who was on the pitch issuing instructions, intercepted his short free, Reid joked: "It was a bit strange. I've never seen anything like that before. But, In fairness, it was a good catch out of the selector!"Tweet