Exeter head coach Rob Baxter felt his team were good value for their 14-12 victory over Saracens which lifted the Chiefs to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership table.
Sireli Naqelevuki scored the game's only try after 54 minutes at Sandy Park, with the rest of the hosts' points coming from three first-half Ignacio Mieres penalties.
Baxter acknowledged the game was there for the taking, but claimed his side were worthy winners. He said: "I am a big believer that you get what you deserve out of rugby and we probably deserved it and I'd like to think the win shows that."
Sarries, whose points all came from the boot of fly-half Owen Farrell, applied pressure right to the final whistle and looked like snatching the game as they tried to set up replacement fly-half Charlie Hodgson for a drop-goal attempt. It was not to be, though, and they slipped to a first defeat of the season.
"It was one of those scenarios - the clock is running down, and with a team like Saracens inside your own 22 you think this could go either way," added Baxter.
"We'd managed to stop them a few times with some good sets of defence but, to be fair, it was difficult to play a lot of phases of play in the conditions. So I was there thinking, 'come on boys, don't give up the penalty - make them have to play several phases'. And that's what we did and the error came.
"So I think that we deserved it [the win] and I would have been disappointed if we had lost it by a point or two at the end."
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall, whose side climbed to third spot despite the defeat thanks to their losing bonus point.
McCall said: "You can't afford to come to a place like Sandy Park and lose two men to the sin-bin.
"On top of that we gave away a number of other penalties which had consequences in the match - something that we had prided ourselves on wasn't as good."