Brian Cody is "very satisfied" to be back in the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time since 2016 after they beat Cork on a scoreline of 2-27 to 3-18 at Croke Park.
The Cats proved some of their doubters wrong with a strong second half display and saw it out relatively comfortable in the end the HQ.
"We're obviously delighted to win the match," Cody told RTÉ Sport.
"The prize for winning today is not a trophy but it’s getting into the All-Ireland semi-final. Obviously that’s absolutely the focus and our intention all the time.
"We knew coming up that we were in for a fierce battle and it was a battle. But our lads I thought were really, really good.
"We got a nice lead and they pulled it back. They just refused to give in. They came back very, very strongly. But thanks be to God we lifted it again."
The Cats went in at half-time with a two point deficit to rectify.
They emerged energised and determined and managed to outscore John Meyler’s side by 0-08 to 0-00 in the third quarter.
"At the end of the day it was small margins here and there.
"Obviously the lads went out to try and lift it and to try and really make a strong start to the second half. We probably felt that we had left a bit behind us in the first half.
"The players just went at it really, really well and created really good scores."
Kilkenny now have the defending All-Ireland champions, Limerick to face in what promises to be an exciting semi-final encounter on 27 July.
The Cats boss wouldn't rule out taking tonight off to go to the Bob Dylan concert in Nowlan Park before starting work on preparations to try to dethrone Limerick.
Cody concluded: "Obviously [we are] very satisfied with where we are, we’re going to an All-Ireland semi-final. [We are] acutely aware of who we’re playing. We won't start studying tonight, we'll be very, very satisfied."