Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his players after they put their Bolton Wanderers hoodoo to bed with a 3-1 FA Cup fourth round replay victory at the Reebok Stadium.
The Gunners won through after extra-time thanks to two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and one from Freddie Ljungberg, despite conceding an equaliser in the last minute of normal time.
Arsenal also missed two penalties during the 120 minutes, before securing only their second win in their last eight visits to the Reebok Stadium.
Wenger said afterwards: "It was an exceptional game, played at an exceptional pace.
"There were patches of total football in there, undoubtedly one of our best performances of the season.
"But, having missed all those chances and then suffered the disappointment of Bolton coming back, I thought my young players showed amazing mental strength to win the game.
"I am so proud of them because they proved they had fighting spirit, as well as excellent composure on the ball.
"The way we approached the game was very positive. We started strongly and after about ten minutes I felt really reassured.
"I always felt it would be a good challenge for my players."