'Man-of-the-match' TJ Reid admitted that Kilkenny's first-half performance against Tipperary today wasn't up to scratch but they upped the ante considerably after the break.
Brian Cody's charges hit the Premier County for 2-12 in the second-half of the Nowlan Park decider to claim the spoils.
"We weren't happy with our first half performance, we were maybe 10 percent off where we should have been," Reid - who accumulated a personal tally of 0-15 - told RTÉ Sport.
"A few words said at half-time and we came out a better team. It was a massive game for us and a massive win."
It was a day to remember for the Ballyhale Shamrocks ace and his black and amber team-mates.
"A league final at home in Nowlan Park against our rivals Tipperary, It couldn't get any sweeter.
"It's four years since we won the League, there was plenty of hunger and motivation there. It was a brilliant day, the crowds were unbelievable, kids on the field hurling, unbelievable scenes."