Brighton boss Mark McGhee felt his team deserved to win the Division Two play-off final after Leon Knight's penalty gave them victory over Bristol City.
"They never hurt us and I cannot remember any critical saves that Ben Roberts had to make," said McGhee.
"I was satisfied throughout the game we would get a chance, which we did with the penalty, and I'm delighted.
"To be a part of a day like this is incredible - as good as anything you will ever experience in football."
McGhee admitted that his team's game plan had worked.
He added: "You have to accept limitations and we can only play a certain way.
"We know Bristol City are a better passing team than us and that at times they would keep the ball and we would have to be disciplined and not go rushing out."
Goalscorer Knight said he was not in any doubt that he would convert the penalty that won the final.
"I was confident," said Knight. "I have taken eight this season and scored every one.
"I had taken one against Steve Phillips before and went a different way against him. He read it this time but it was a well-hit penalty and it went in."
Brighton chairman Dick Knight was delighted after the victory.
"I feel so proud to be chairman," said Knight. "The fans have been brilliant and the team even better, they fought hard and deserved to win the game.
"Nothing can surpass this. It is a match for the fans and they deserve to be enjoying it as much as they are.
"What a great day."
Brighton are awaiting a decision from Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who will decide whether the club can build a new 23,000-seater stadium at Falmer.
"I just hope John Prescott realises just how much this means to the people of Brighton," Knight added.