Backs coach Gruff Rees believes the Ospreys' stunning Heineken Cup win over Toulouse offers a "light at the end of the tunnel" to Welsh rugby.
A sense of gloom has enveloped rugby fans in the principality with the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets managing just one win from nine Heineken Cup games before this weekend, while the national side have suffered seven straight defeats.
Speaking after the Ospreys claimed a thoroughly-merited 17-6 victory over the four-time European champions, Rees said: "We will just continue to plough on in terms of what we want to achieve. We think we offer a light at the end of the tunnel. People are quick to beat up Welsh rugby but we are confident in the future direction of the team."
He added: "We said after losing in Toulouse last week that we are trying to develop 20-25 players who can compete and achieve in the Ospreys shirt, and this result today shows we can do that and maybe more."
The hosts had heroes in all areas of the field, with the likes of Richard Hibbard, Dan Biggar, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones and Adam Jones leading by example.
But it was wing Eli Walker who was named man of the match after a display where his pace and elusive footwork saw him escape the clutches of the Toulouse defence on several occasions.
Two thrilling counters from deep almost resulted in Ospreys tries, and he got his reward when he skated down the left touchline just after the hour mark.
Rees praised the 20-year-old for the way he has developed his game this season, saying: "He has been having those moments fairly consistently this season.
"He is starting to grow up a bit, week in week out he is getting better. He is diligent, professional and is developing in confidence as he should.
"I tell him every week he has the attributes to cause damage to any team in the world and he has shown it today."