Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde sang his players' praises after they claimed a hard-fought 19-17 win over Samoa in Apia on Friday.
The visitors twice came from behind to secure the result and McBryde said he was proud of the character shown by his players after an illness bug had swept through his squad before the Test.
"We've had a little bit of an illness in the camp and the players could have used that but they dug in so deep," he said.
"I'm just so pleased for the players. It's been such a difficult tour in such a short space of time.
"We put ourselves in a very difficult position. We were 10-0 down early on and Samoa didn't disappoint.
"We knew they would be physical and get stronger, and they did that.
"We didn't help ourselves and hurt ourselves on a couple of occasions but the way the boys dug in and got through the arm wrestle was fantastic really."