Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham said the resilience of his team was evident as they secured their first ever win in the Super 8s.
The Rossies followed up their defeat to Tyrone in Hyde Park with a hammering at the hand of Dublin in Croke Park and were facing into the prospect of six losses from six Super 8 games in the course of two seasons.
The Connacht champions however plundered Cork for four goals in Pairc Ui Rinn in a two-point victory over the Rebels and Cunningham says it was testament to the resolve of his side to finish their campaign on a positive note.
"We targeted a win this weekend," he said afterwards. "We really wanted this year's campaign to finish with a first Super 8s win for Roscommon.
"We were questioned in the last few weeks by a few people. Were we up for the Dublin match?
"What this set of players wanted was a win in the Super 8s.
"It's a really satisfying year, but obviously we want to kick on and get two wins next year (in the Super 8s), and get into an All-Ireland semi-final."