Ending an eight-year inability to beat the Chiefs, the Blues were given a lift before the daunting prospect of taking on the Crusaders in their next Investec Super Rugby outing in Christchurch at the weekend.
Facing a home run of games with the Reds, Crusaders and Rebels, Chiefs coach Colin Cooper expected his side to keep on fighting their way through to the end of the Investec Super Rugby competition after their loss to the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
A controversial call by the TMO ruled out a potentially match-winning try to Crusaders wing Sevu Reece and the Investec Super Rugby competition leaders had to settle for a 19-19 draw with the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday (NZT).
A solid Blues defensive scrum five minutes from the end in front of their goalposts at Eden Park on Saturday finally broke a 15-game losing run against the Chiefs in Investec Super Rugby when they claimed a 23-8 bonus point win.
It wasn't hard to tell Blues lock Scott Scrafton was making the most of a rare opportunity for game time when coming on as a replacement for Josh Goodhue in last week's Investec Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes.