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Lions reaction: Sean O'Brien wants 'immortality' as Ferris says momentum could prove key to beating All Blacks

Leinster's Sean O'Brien says the Lions are in New Zealand to gain immortality.

As he was reminded by his Sky Sports interviewer, that is what awaits Warren Gatland's men should they overcome the All Blacks again next Saturday in Auckland.

"Well that's what we're here for," said O'Brien, with a determined stare.

O'Brien was one of the key men for the Lions as they came back from nine points behind to snatch the closest of victories in Wellington.

"It feels very good right now," he said. "The crowd are unbelievable here. We made life very hard for ourselves but we worked incredibly hard and really fronted up. We had a cool head, we knew our plan, we knew what we had to do. That's the pleasing thing, we stuck to the plan bar the discipline and it worked for us."

An emotional former Lion Stephen Ferris, speaking from the Sky Sports studio, reckons the tourists will have one key advantage going into next weekend's decider.

"Momentum is huge," he said. "It's everything in sport. It doesn't matter if it's tennis, rugby, whatever. It's all about momentum. You could hear a pin drop in the All Blacks' changing room; the Lions boys will be walking around, probably having a beer, high-fiving each other, talking about the positives out of the game. It's a big week but momentum is crucial."

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