Adrian Lewis admitted he was in "dreamland" after claiming his first major title with victory over Gary Anderson in the World Darts Championship final.
Lewis produced the best display of his career, landing a historic first-set nine-darter en route to the 7-5 victory and a £200,000 pay-day.
"It's an unbelievable feeling. I'm in dreamland to be honest," the 25-year-old said. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet.
"I felt nervous in my semi-final but I had a great sleep, turned up here and felt cool and got the job done.
"To hit the nine-darter was fabulous, especially on an occasion like this. It took a lot of bottle to keep my courage after doing it in front of all those people.
"I feel like I've deserved it after the potential I've shown over the years. I have to push on from this."
Lewis, nicknamed 'Jackpot', deposed 15-time champion and mentor Phil Taylor, and his fellow Stokie admitted he was "chuffed to bits" for his protege.
"I'm very, very proud," Taylor said. "If it was my own son I couldn't be prouder. I'm chuffed to bits.
"I thought it was going to be one hell of a final and it was. They are two worthy finalists, two great players.
"I feel a bit sorry for Gary but it's no disgrace to lose a final like that. The pair of them were a great advertisment for the game. I'm really looking forward to next year now."
Beaten finalist Anderson had nothing but praise for Lewis after falling short in the Alexandra Palace showdown.
Anderson twice rallied from two sets down but had no complaints at falling short in his quest for a maiden world title.
"I was tired, to be honest. It was possibly one match too far for me," the Scotsman said.
"Adrian played absolutely brilliant and his scoring power really killed me. Now I know what it's like to be hit with 180s!
"The double 10 really killed me off; I had more trouble hitting that than the treble. It's one of those things.
"It's been great and Adrian's a great talent. I'm delighted to have qualified automatically for the Premier League and I'll look forward to playing in that now."