Slaughtneil hero Christopher Bradley admitted he thought his side's prospects of provincial glory had slipped away before their stirring comeback victory over Omagh in the Ulster Club SFC final.
"At half-time, to be honest, I thought we were dead and buried," he said. "The scoreline [down 1-05 to 1-02] was probably good to us. Omagh were very good in the first half.
"But we regrouped at half-time and got everything sorted and we had a great second half.
"Omagh, fair play to them, they'll be back here I'm sure. They're a very, very good side."
Bradley said his injury-time match-winning point was an instinctive effort and that Slaughtneil manager, and former Derry boss, Mickey Moran never penalised forwards for taking a chance.
"It's not something you think about. You get the ball and you just do what you do in training," said Bradley.
"Mickey Moran encourages us to shoot, us forwards, and there's no pressure on us in that direction. If we get the ball inside distance and there's a shot on, he always encourages us to go for it."
Salughtneil have won the county Derry hurling-football double and Ulster title so far this year and are now just one game away from a St Patrick's Day appearance at Croke Park.
They will face Munster victors Austin Stacks in the All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final on 14 February.
"It's unbelievable," said Bradley. "This club means everything to everybody in the parish.
"This year is Slaughtneil's year. 2014 will always be remembered as a great year for the club.
"It's brand new territory for us. We've never been here before so we'll just take it one step at a time from here on in.
"The next aim is to get to Croker so we'll try our very best."