On Tuesday Peter O'Mahony told RTE Sport that he wouldn't use previous disappointments against New Zealand to motivate himself for last night's match.
Missing from the Chicago game in 2016 through injury, and subsequently dropped off the Lions team for the second two Tests in summer 2017, there was plenty of motive for the Munster flanker to do a job on the All Blacks.
Wherever he went for motivation it worked, as he produced a man of the match performance in a historic game where half a dozen or so men could have got the nod.
He made nine runs for 23 metres but the real standout aspect was the crucial turnovers when the All Blacks seemed set to pounce, his last contribution winning a relieving penalty in the 62nd minute. He could give no more.
"O'Mahony's aggression and the amount of ground he covered [was incredible]," former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne said,
"His intelligence and commitment to the game [was unbelievable]. It looked like one leg was hanging off him and I don't know how his rib cage was still going.
"But that's what he is, he's an old warrior, he knows exactly what's needed and he does the right thing at the right time.
"He is such a vital cog in the wheel that Joe Schmidt has created."
Watch the full interview above