Without a win against the Kangaroos since 2015, the Kiwis had every right to celebrate their 26-24 win in style.
Michael Maguire's side repelled a late Australian fightback to inflict a first defeat in 14 tests for the world champions.
The win hasn't quite vanquished the memories of a horror 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign, but it will certainly re-invigorate the national interest in the black and white jersey.
While the victory brought a sense of relief to Kiwi league fans, and most likely the playing group, it was also a time to celebrate the dawning of a new era.
And celebrate the did, led by Jared Waerea-Hargraeves and captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, the squad and management staff bellowing out their team song in the changing room, moments after the final whistle.