Exeter head coach Rob Baxter hailed his team's work ethic after their 21-11 defeat of Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps on Sunday.
The Chiefs bounced back from their defeat at Bath last weekend to go third in the table with a second half revival at Sandy Park - and set up an intriguing home match against second-placed Saracens next Saturday.
Baxter said: "It was the hard work that we did in the first half, against that strong wind, that laid the foundations."
He added: "We knew that we had to grind away a little and we did that by restricting them to just six points.
"It was getting a decent try on the board that really paid dividends for us in the second half.
"That said we probably created quite a few scoring opportunities in the first half, got some good positions.
"But we fluffed a couple of lineouts and got turned over when we were five metres from their line."
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young said: "Although there are areas of the second half that we can be disappointed with but there were three or four clear opportunities in the first half which we didn't take.
"That was one of the main reasons why we lost and in the second half we didn't keep the ball long enough - because playing in to the wind you have to be very good at keeping hold of the ball.
"Exeter did that well in the first half and it produced opportunities they didn't take - and in the second half I thought Exeter played the conditions better."