Chris Forrester said he learned crucial lessons from the 2012 FAI Cup final and felt "loose and nimble" as he helped St Pat's to break Bohs' hearts in Sunday's Aviva Stadium decider.
Forrester scored a fantastic individual goal to put the Saints ahead in extra-time, and though Bohs levelled through Rory Feely and Forrester missed a penalty in the subsequent shootout, Robbie Benson held his nerve to fire home the decisive kick.
Afterwards Forrester, who was on the losing side nine years ago when Derry City defeated Pat's, told RTÉ Sport that the losing experience taught him not to let the occasion overwhelm him.
"I let  get on top of me," he said. "Today I rocked in, I was nimble. I sound like a boxer but I was loose and ready to go. I think I had an average enough game but the goal topped it off.
"At the end of the day it doesn't matter, we won the trophy. That's the end of it.
"I was obviously a bit anxious when I missed my peno. I thought that was it. But V [goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros] came up trumps for us and the lads slotted away their penalties when they needed to as well. We're delighted.
"We'll keep on building and rock into next season full of confidence."
Benson has also experienced heartache in cup finals having lost two with Dundalk but today he had the glory of slotting in the winning penalty.
Paying tribute to his team-mate, Benson said: "Chris got a fantastic goal in normal time. We couldn't let that go without a win. I've been on the wrong end of two penalty shootouts here with Dundalk. It's nice to be on the other side this time.
"Chris has been brilliant all year for us. He's our talisman and he's a special talent. We're just so proud to have him at our club."