Cullen (left) became the first Leinster captain to lift the Heineken Cup
Skipper Leo Cullen said Leinster's recent history of near misses made their first-ever Heineken Cup final win against Leicester even sweeter.
"It's been pretty tough times over the last few years but when you have had that hurt, it makes days like this all the sweeter," he said.
Leinster conceded 10 points when they lost a man to the bin but fought back to win their first Heineken Cup 19-16.
"The boys showed great spirit. It's really sweet," said Cullen.
Leinster's disappointments in previous years include losing in the semi-finals to bitter rivals Munster in 2006 and going out to Leicester at the quarter-final stage the year before.
And head coach Michael Cheika paid tribute to his side's character after their Murrayfield victory.
"I just think we believed in ourselves to come back," he said. "We played quite well, I thought, in the first part of the game.
"When we went behind, we just started dropping off a few tackles in close.
"It got to seven behind and they started cranking up their machine, they started counter-rucking us, they were taking it hard at the line and really started to try and dominate us.
"We were able to stay in there and come back."
Australia flanker Rocky Elsom marked a superb season with another stand-out performance at blind-side flanker for Leinster as they ended Leicester's bid for a record third League and European Cup double.
"There wasn't a lot in it," admitted Elsom. "That was a pretty good end to a pretty good season.
"You want days like these but there were times during the year when we didn't play as well as we'd like and it looked pretty long odds for us to make it through to the final.
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