"One thing the All Blacks have had over us is that our players didn't believe that they could go to New Zealand and beat them there," said de Villiers.
"The guys wanted it so badly. We have a lot of talent and by getting a fair chance to compete they were able to come through.
"For this team, and for future teams, it was the best thing that could have happened because it makes such a difference going forward.
"We might never fully understand what those two points mean to us as South Africans."