The harsh lessons of the League final defeat were put to good use today as Waterford bounced back from that defeat by Clare with a 1-21 to 0-17 win in the Munster hurling championship.
Austin Gleeson put in a man-of-the-match display, racking up six points, all from play, in the Déise's 1-21 to 0-17 semi-final victory over the league champions and the 20-year-old said the panel were determined to avoid a repeat result.
"Four weeks ago it was hard to take, being two points up going into injury time," Gleeson told RTÉ Sport.
"Full credit to Clare, they never gave up and kept coming at us and ended up with a fully-deserved win the league final.
"We set our stall out four weeks ago that, please God, we wouldn't have that heartache again and in the end we won.
"I think we did [learn our lessons], yeah. On a personal level, we all used the ball a lot more efficiently today and we were just very determined to get back to the Munster final.
"But Clare are not done yet, they have a massive part to play in this year's championship, I can guarantee you that."
The Mount Sion man can now look forward to another crack at a Munster title against either Limerick or reigning champions Tipperary, while today's win also booked Waterford's place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
"We've a massive task ahead of us against either Tipperary or Limerick in a couple of weeks," Gleeson added.
"We're in the last six in Ireland again which is a massive achievement for us getting back there again after last year. We just want to drive on now and see where it takes us."