South Africa captain Graeme Smith described the four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second Test in Cape Town as one of the most rewarding wins in his 100 matches as skipper.
The Proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after turning the match around thanks largely to Robin Peterson's 84 in their first innings which took them from 164-6 to 326 all out, a deficit of only 12.
Smith said: "It is one of the more rewarding victories we have had, a really good Test win.
"We were under pressure on day three and we needed two days of big performances and to get that from the guys was special.
"The conditions were challenging, it is not often that a spinner plays such a dominant role in South Africa, so to have come through with the win is big for us."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said: "Peterson's 84 was the game-changer, if we had managed to get a lead of 70 on this wicket and they were chasing 250 runs, it would have been very difficult for them.
"When you are chasing 180 then you play with more confidence and freedom. We saw how difficult runs were to come for them on this wicket at the end of the innings, so an extra 70 runs would have made a big difference.
"This hurts more than the first Test, we made mistakes with our batting and you can't afford to do that against the top bowling side in the world. Today, the way we batted, we should blame ourselves for the way we got out.
"There was a bit of panic in the way we played and that meant we got out. We need to stick to the basic of Test cricket and we didn't do that."