James Anderson expressed satisfaction at claiming the wicket of AB de Villiers after the South Africa captain questioned the England seamer's pace.
South Africa, having already lost the four-match Test series, enjoyed a dominant fourth day in Centurion on Monday, building on a day-three lead of 175 and declaring 381 runs ahead.
Alastair Cook (5), Alex Hales (1) and Nick Compton (6) all fell cheaply as England lost three wickets late in the day, reaching the close on 52-3, still trailing by 330.
Anderson had made it a positive start to the day for England, removing Stephen Cook (25) and then trapping De Villiers lbw for a pair and his third duck in a row.
Prior to the series finale, De Villiers suggested Anderson was losing his pace, comments that only served to increase the fast bowler's joy at dismissing the Proteas skipper.
He told the England and Wales Cricket Board's official website: "It was mentioned when I got the wicket that this game has got a funny way of biting you if you say the wrong things in the media.
"It was nice to get him out. It was frustrating for us. We thought we could get a few more and maybe bowl them out but it wasn't to be."
Despite South Africa's commanding position in the match, Anderson is hopeful England can salvage a draw as they did in the first Test back in 2009 at the same venue.
"I think with the situation of the series, having won the series, we don't want to go out on a damp note. There is a really good chance tomorrow [Tuesday]," he added.
"We saw James Taylor and Joe Root play really well to get us through the night. If they can build on their partnership tomorrow, hopefully the ball will go a bit softer and the pitch will do a bit less, and we can get through the day.
"I have been involved in a game here, last time we were here in 2009, where it was left to Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood to see us through.
"There is always that glimmer of hope. If we get a few people in on that pitch then we can give it a go and see where we can get to
"We have been in this situation plenty of times before. It is going to be a tough ask to bat out the day tomorrow, but we will give it a really good go."