Sigi Schmid was joyous after watching his Seattle Sounders side defeat reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The MLS outfit scored an historic win over what Schmid describes as 'the best team in Mexico' and he was full of praise for his players after the match.
"We think Monterrey is the best team in Mexico, even though they are not in first place right now," he said.
"For us, we have played a lot of difficult games in a lot of warm weather in the last two weeks so for us it was difficult.
"We played a little more defensive than we normally play. Our defending was good because they are a dangerous team."
And Schmid said it was vital for his side to bounce back from their two losses in the group stage last season whilst stating the target of the club in the competition this campaign.
"It was very important for us today. Last time we played here [Humberto] Suazo destroyed us," he added.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't give him too much space. We were happy with that defensively and we wanted to try some counterattacks."
He added: "Our goal going into the tournament this year was that we wanted to get into the next stage.
"We wanted to finish either first or second in the group and right now with six points we are much closer to our goals than we were last year at any point. We felt last year was a learning experience and we didn't do show our best and we wanted to make up for that."