Springbok flanker and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi said his side had taken a lot of confidence from the losing 24-25 performance against the All Blacks in Cape Town at the weekend.
Kolisi told timeslive.co.za they were happy with their better showing but would never be satisfied with defeat.
"I think this was the best we've played. The one or two mistakes let us down.
"It gives us a lot of confidence. Although we played well, we weren't satisfied at all. We wanted to win badly," he said.
The All Blacks' ability to capitalise on mistakes was lethal.
"That is where they score most of their tries – with turnover ball and that was our downfall. But I've never been so proud and the way our captain [Eben Etzebeth] led us, I don't think you could have asked for more from him," he said.
Kolisi said prop Stephen Kitshoff and flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit, a lock who had controversially been named on the blindside of the scrum, had taken their opportunities.
"[Prop] Wilco Louw, when he came on made a huge difference and [hooker] Malcolm [Marx] was outstanding.
"We had to turn up, we had to be on point. Obviously because of that score in Albany [57-0] and that made a difference, and we knew all along that Albany doesn't define us. We are much better than that day, where everything went against us," he said.
While the Championship was gone and the Test a dead rubber, the South Africans wanted to regain some respect in Cape Town.
"The boys stood up well and we stuck to the plans. It was simple.
"This time we said nothing will faze us. No matter what they bring we are going to keep on going, we will keep on playing. On and off the field, if there are changes of plans or things didn't go our way, it didn't matter. There was stuff that wasn't going according to plan and the guys just reacted to the situation," he said.
All Blacks second five-eighths Sonny Bill Williams told Kolisi after the game that the New Zealanders knew they would have to turn up for it because the South Africans were proud people who had been stung.
"We didn't need motivation. Everything was set for us to perform. It was a great game of rugby. They brought everything they could and we did to," he said.