Chelsea duo John Terry and Didier Drogba were both delighted to book their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Drogba inspired Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Valencia at Stamford Bridge with a goal in each half to end fears of an early exit.
The win and Bayer Leverkusen's failure to beat Genk means Chelsea finish as Group E winners.
The victory also helped to ease the pressure on Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea captain Terry hopes his side have now turned a corner after an indifferent run of form.
"We're obviously delighted [with the result]," Terry told Sky Sports HD 2. "We left it too late in the group but it was a good solid performance and we knew it was going to be very difficult, which it was.
"It was important we didn't concede and we did that. We set out with a game plan and we still had to get a second goal. The manager said at half-time that the third one would kill them off completely, which it did. They were deflated after that.
"Genk was a tough place to go but we're delighted to be top and we're delighted to be in the next round.
"We had our dip in form in the season and hopefully that's the end of it. Newcastle [3-0 away win on Saturday] was the building block."
Drogba believes the pressure of needing a result in their final group games to qualify for the knockout stages brought the best out in Chelsea.
"There was a lot of pressure but there's four teams so you have to play until the last day," he said.
"We had the chance to finish top and our attitude was positive. I think the pressure can sometimes be positive."
Drogba also believes he is close to finding his best form after getting a regular run in the side.
"I'm improving since the last few games. I've managed to have more time on the pitch and it's helping me a lot," he added.