Clare midfielder Colm Galvin says maintaining their Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A status was vital to their growth as a team.
Despite hitting 24 wides, the Banner saw off Cork in a relegation play-off in Limerick, winning 0-31 to 2-23 after extra-time, and in doing so preserved their own place at the top table for 2014.
The Clonlara clubman told RTÉ Sport: “We took this as a Championship game. We had to stay up in Division 1(A) if we want to play against the big teams – that’s where you’re going to get your good hurling from.
“Four points down [at half-time], we knew we had the breeze in the second half so we weren’t panicking. In the second half we took our chances.
“We had a lot of wides compared to Cork but when it got into extra-time we knew we had the legs because of the training we’d done, it carried us over the line in the finish.”