The Northern Irishman admitted the win, secured by Danny Graham's sweet finish from Angel Rangel's pass four minutes from time, was the perfect way to cap the campaign.
"It has been a fairytale and what an end to the season," he said.
"The players did brilliantly, their pressing and work-rate was phenomenal.
"Everyone associates us with our passing, movement and creativity, but behind it there is a real hunger to get the ball back and the hunger was incredible today.
"We were worthy winners and it finished a brilliant season. We have kept 14 clean sheets, which is outstanding at this level and to finish having beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool in our first season gives us a big boost going forward."