Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has lauded New Zealand's four-run victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi as one of the nation's best, having secured an improbable win in the UAE overnight.
Going into the final day, Pakistan needed just 139 runs with all 10 second innings wickets in hand, sitting comfortably at 37/0.
However, in the fifth narrowest win in the history of Test cricket, the Black Caps would manage to bowl Pakistan out for 171, debutant spinner Ajaz Patel taking five wickets to give New Zealand a 1-0 series lead.
Speaking at his post match media conference, Williamson hailed the determination shown by his side, having been bowled out for 153 themselves on day one.
"Some of the characteristics we hold very dear is our attitude whenever we had to get back into the game, be it with the bat, ball or in the field throughout these four days," he said.
"I think the fighting attributes of this team really shone through, certainly today.
"It certainly was dramatic."
Williamson also credited Pakistan, with the sides having played out one of the most competitive Test matches in recent times.
"Throughout the four days, both teams were put under pressure. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket.
"This game was very close and you can reflect on how you do so many little things differently depending on which side of the result you're on, but at the end of the day it was a great game."
The Black Caps take a 1-0 lead into the second Test, beginning in Dubai on Saturday November 24.