Jason Holder pinpointed pride as his over-riding emotion after West Indies finally secured their maiden Test win under his captaincy.
Having lost all eight matches against Pakistan on their tour of the United Arab Emirates, the Windies secured a consolation win in the third Test in Sharjah, completing a chase of 153 thanks to an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 87 between Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich.
The Windies' decline in recent years has been lamented by many, but a first away victory against a side ranked above them since 2007 provided a moment to savour on Thursday.
"It's extremely important, especially after the Dubai Test match [which West Indies lost by 56 runs] where many people felt we could have won the game," said Holder.
"To actually get across the line is a huge monkey off the back. It's a great feeling and it shows that we have the ability to win Test matches - it's just about stringing together a complete game.
"I think if I could sum up my feelings just now in one word, I would just say proud.
"I'm proud of the character the guys showed, proud of the fight they showed on the back of a lot of criticism. It's been a tough year."
Holder is now determined to ensure West Indies build on their success in Sharjah.
"This is a very good group of guys. For us it's just a matter of consistency," added the all-rounder, who returned career-best figures of 5-30 in Pakistan's second innings.
"We have no reason to get complacent - one Test victory is not enough. It's a situation where we've got to stay hungry and that's something I believe we really have in the group.
"I have no doubt we will get back on the right track. One Test victory doesn't make us a world-beating side, but this is a situation where we show people that we can do it, we have what it takes."
The Windies' triumph owed much to Kraigg Brathwaite, who followed up his magnificent unbeaten 142 earlier in the match to become the first opener to remain not out in both innings of a Test.
"It feels very good. It's something I always wanted to do, even from first-class cricket," said Brathwaite.
"It will do lot for the team. We have a good group of young guys. It's important for us to keep working."