Chris Read says two gritty partnerships in the Nottinghamshire innings laid the foundations for their Yorkshire Bank 40 triumph over Glamorgan at Lord's.
The Outlaws secured the trophy with an 87-run win at the home of cricket as Glamorgan never came close to chasing down their opponents' total of 244-8.
England internationals Michael Lumb and Alex Hales fought hard to see out the opening overs and, after Nottinghamshire had lost a string of wickets, Read and David Hussey led the recovery with a fifth-wicket stand of 99.
"I think it was a pretty important partnership," Read told Sky Sports of his stand with Hussey. "We just lost our way a little bit and needed a bit of momentum.
"It wasn't always easy and it wasn't always pretty but we gave ourselves the option to press on towards the end with the guys lower down the order."
He added: "I though Glamorgan bowled exceptionally well up front and used the new ball nicely but the way that Hales and Lumb got through that allowed us to set a bit of a platform and push on later on into the innings."
Nottinghamshire had not won a limited-overs title in 22 years and had not triumphed in a Lord's final since 1989, a drought Read was delighted to end.
"It's been a long time - there are a couple of guys in our squad who weren't even born (in 1989), let alone remember it," he said.
Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace was left to rue a missed opportunity after letting Read and Hussey turn the Outlaws' innings around.
Wallace said: "We are disappointed, we had some opportunities to win the game.
"We started really well with the ball, if we could have broken that partnership between Dave Hussey and Ready earlier I think we would have been chasing a far lower total.
"But Notts were very good today and very deserving winners."
The Welsh county were big outsiders going into the final and Wallace believes reaching the Lord's showpiece should be considered an achievement itself.
"We've played well all year, getting to this final is just reward for how well we've played," he added.
"That's the style of cricket we've played - we haven't necessarily got too many stars but collectively when we play well we're a pretty good side. We showed that in patches today - just not quite enough to win."