Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits that Carling cup success on the back of Liverpool's slip-up in the Premier League made his weekend all the more sweet.
United defeated Tottenham 4-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to secure their second piece of silverware of the season following December's Fifa Club World Cup glory.
The Red Devils, who are well placed in the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, have their eyes on an unprecedented quintuple as they also look certain to retain their Premier League title.
Rivals Liverpool slumped to defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday to leave United seven points clear, with a game in hand, and Ferguson - who takes his side to Newcastle on Wednesday - confesses that a cup win was the icing on the cake on a memorable weekend.
"It (winning the cup) makes it a good weekend, in the sense that one of your opponents has dropped points," the Scot told Sky Sports.
"I don't think anyone is any different. When one of your opponents drops points you are delighted. It is a horrible game like that.
"But we could drop points on Wednesday and our opponents could win their games. Who knows?"
Ferguson, who has now lifted the League Cup on three occasions, recognises United were not at their best against Tottenham, but believes a never-say-die attitude proved decisive.
"Every time we get a piece of silver it adds to the history of the club, and today it was proved that cup finals are not easy," he added.
"We were not at our best today and Tottenham probably had the better chances in the match.
"But we kept going. I think that is a quality, I've no doubt about that."