Andy Moran believes Mayo have been rewarded for hard work put in since last year’s All-Ireland Football Championship final defeat to Donegal.
James Horan’s side sealed a place in successive finals with a 1-16 to 0-13 win over Tyrone on Sunday afternoon in Croke Park.
The Connacht champions gained retribution for the 2012 loss at the hands of the Tír Chonaill men in this year's quarter-finals.
Having now accounted for Tyrone, Moran feels it is a reward for the mettle shown by his team-mates since losing last year's decider.
He told RTÉ: "Semi-finals are for winning. It is great to be back in the final. We didn't think we did ourselves justice in the first half but we came out in the second half a different team.
"Colm Boyle led us by winning the penalty and Alan Freeman took it well. We moved on from there and did well."
Manager James Horan has put a big emphasis on preparation and Moran shares that belief in the Mayo system.
“It is 'process, process, process' really. We had 10 minutes in the first half which catapulted us forward. I think we just brought that form into the second half.
"We never saw anything different coming our way. Tyrone are a seasoned team with seasoned players. We knew it was going to be hard. It has been a long 12 months (since the defeat against Donegal).
"We have worked hard and have four weeks to prepare for the final. Fingers crossed it will go a bit better than last year."