Jermain Defoe said the club should take pride in topping Group A of the Champions League.
The striker was back on the scoresheet as we drew our final group match 3-3 against Dutch champions FC Twente on Tuesday night.
'JD' netted twice as we led three times only to get pegged back on every occasion at the Grolsch Veste Stadium.
A point was more than enough to secure top spot though as Werder Bremen beat Inter Milan 3-0 in Germany.
“It’s great to top the group, it’s just what we wanted to do,” said Jermain, naturally delighted with his first goals since August after his injury lay-off.
“We’ve come a long way as a team and everyone should be proud of themselves.
“We all worked hard to be here in the first place, and then to play the games how we have, scoring all the goals and to win the group, it’s been brilliant for everyone at the club.”
JD admitted it was ‘a little frustrating’ not to finish the group stages with a win, not least after leading 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2.
Twente, beaten just twice domestically this term, hit back every time with four goals in the space of 17 minutes in the second half.
“It was one of those games with ups and downs, we scored, thought we'd win the game but then they’d hit back,” he said.
“We managed to score, but it was frustrating how we conceded the three goals. The manager wasn’t happy with that. But we’ve topped the group and everyone’s delighted.”
Meanwhile, JD looked back to his best in front of goal with a clinical finish from Aaron Lennon’s pass to make it 2-1 and then pouncing on a rebound from Wilson Palacios’ saved shot to make it 3-2.
“I feel great,” he added. “I’m getting stronger and stronger with each game and it’s important to get that match fitness and sharpness."