All Blacks captain Richie McCaw praised his side's resolve after their opening 32-12 Tri-Nations win over Australia.
McCaw was in tremendous form
"There's not much gas left in the tank," McCaw said. "We had to work hard for the win but we took the opportunities we had to.
"The boys dug pretty deep and it paid off. It's a start and we're definitely going to get better with six Tests in the Tri-Nations."
"It was our best performance for a while," added coach Graham Henry.
"The scrum was potent but the line-out was superb.
"It took us a while to settle. I think the first 20 minutes the guys were
finding combinations and getting used to playing together again.
New Zealand scored four tries but we assisted them greatly
Australia coach John Connolly
"But I think we had the better of the last 60 (minutes) and it could have been a higher score."
Australia coach John Connolly, who experienced defeat for the first time in four matches since taking charge, felt his side had contributed to their own downfall.
"We coughed up 14 points while we were down to 14 men," he said, referring to the first-half sin-binning of number eight Rocky Elsom.
"New Zealand scored four tries but we assisted them greatly. They came directly from our mistakes."
"We still have a lot of work to do," Connolly added. "We went all right in the first couple of scrums then fell away in the rest of the first half.
"We gave New Zealand a lot of opportunities. They are a great rugby side and they proved that here."
Australia will return home to prepare to face South Africa in Brisbane next Saturday.
The All Blacks have a week off before entertaining the Springboks in Wellington on 22 July.