The Boks survived a late onslaught from the All Blacks‚ who tried to steal the match in the dying seconds‚ to win by two points and register their first win over the bitter rivals since 2009 and refresh their Rugby Championship hopes.
Springbok Coach Rassie Erasmus has described Saturday's win in Wellington as "the best day of his coaching career".
"That was a month ago". We were very close to losing three in a row and that puts pressure [on the team] and takes a lot of belief away. But now to come here and see that we could've lost this game, we're not foolish, we know this game could've gone totally against us in the last few seconds. We were a bit lucky, but very relieved. "We can say all we like but it's not going to change the results".
Still New Zealand came, and South Africa held up their opponents on the line before Damian McKenzie knocked on at the last to end a breathless encounter and bring tears of joy to some of the visiting contingent.
However, Erasmus was keen to remind everyone of the reality of where the Springboks are in the world rankings.
"Everything we are saying here is not us boasting because we have the outmost of respect to New Zealand".
"We should be proud of ourselves but plenty more work to do".
Erasmus praised his side's defensive effort as they made over 200 tackles in the match to keep the All Blacks from scoring a potential victor.
"When we started the planning for this match‚ we said we must try to beat them at home because we were at the back of two losses against Argentina and Australia and lost some belief".
'The game nowadays is so quick, there is a transition where somebody scores a try out of nothing. It was a good gutsy effort defensively but I also thought the system was good'.