Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was thrilled with the character shown by his players to record their maiden Test win over Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Set a target of 191 to level the series at P. Sara Oval, the tourist crossed the line with four wickets to spare and the captain in the middle.
Mushfiqur made an unbeaten 22 and other batsmen chipped in after Sri Lanka took two early wickets to reduce Bangladesh to 22 for two.
"It feels great to complete this victory and level the series. We showed lot of character throughout the Test match after a bitter defeat in Galle. The boys really stepped up under pressure. If you look at the last few series, we have played good cricket," Mushfiqur told journalists.
Bangladesh looked set to wrap up the game early at 132 for two, as Man of the Match Tamim Iqbal (82) and Sabbir Rahman (41) were involved in a 109-run stand for the third wicket, but Sri Lanka fought back by picking up three quick wickets and reducing Bangladesh to 162 for 5.
"I have never faced such a situation in Test cricket. It is new for us to chase in this type of wicket on a fifth day. We needed a 50-plus opening stand, but Tamim and Sabbir really made it easy for us with their 100-plus stand. But no opposition would let us have it easy. We had the belief in the end stages, though unfortunately, we lost Shakib. We had Mosaddek and Mehedi, and we thought we could do it in singles."
When on 11, Mushfiqur was given out leg before wicket to Dilruwan Perera by umpire S. Ravi when he offered no stroke to a delivery that cut back sharply. Bangladesh were 167 for six then, but the decision was overturned after Mushfiqur successfully reviewed it.
"I was a bit nervous when he had given me out, and was a bit wary of taking the review as it may have been needed for latter batsmen. But it went well for us, and we got a lot of out this game."
Umpiring decisions were constantly debated as the Decision Review System that was in place didn't have the snickometer or the hot spot, vital tools that detect edges by batsmen.
"There was no hot spot or snickometer. I would like to request to the ICC to keep all the technologies available if there is DRS. We can play according to the spirit of the cricket in that case, and the work for the third umpire also becomes easier."
The Bangladesh captain was happy with the improvement his side had made. "What made me happy was how we understood the value of the match even when we were ahead or behind in the game. We tried to understand the value of a run, a misfield. Giving away runs in the first innings may not seem much at the time, but it comes back to hurt you at the end of the day," Mushfiqur said.
"We tried to recognize these small things. Fact that we realized each and every bit of it was quite impressive. The batsmen and bowlers played with responsibility, which made it a happy moment," he added.