Ian Bell and Graeme Swann admitted they were hugely relieved to secure victory over Australia in the fourth Test after a stunning fourth day.
Australia, chasing 299 to win at Chester-le-Street, were 147-1 and heading for victory.
But Stuart Broad's inspired spell of 6-20 in 45 balls skittled the tourists out for 224 to not only complete a 74-run victory but ensure a 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with one to play.
Both Bell and spinner Swann - who sparked the evening collapse with the wicket of Usman Khawaja - were relieved not to endure a repeat of the first Test at Trent Bridge where Australia, chasing 311 to win, fell just 15 short.
Bell said: "It's been hard work as always in Ashes cricket.
"In Manchester we were saved by the rain, Trent Bridge was one of those that could have gone either way and this one was the same - it was nice not to get that close again.
Swann agreed: "That's the most nervous I've ever been on a cricket field, that last day at Trent Bridge.
"At tea today I was feeling it but nine wickets in the evening, we won and we're 3-0 up - I can't believe it.
"We got that wicket straight after tea and it opened the door for Broady to have his wonder game. When he's hot, he's 'surface-of-the-sun' hot and yet again today he's won a Test match for England."