Ireland's triumph in the Six Nations rugby tournament was first and foremost a triumph for the whole team as well as a fitting conclusion to the international career of the most gifted player of his generation.
Brian O'Driscoll deserved to go out a winner and he played a full part in clinching the title. But it was all nerve-jangling stuff. Ireland, as ever, put the fans through the wringer as the clock ticked down towards the final whistle.
Even the great man seemed unusually tense as the team held on by its fingertips to a slender lead. Now Irish rugby will have to live without its star, but the team's ethic and ability means more success should be forthcoming.