Backs coach Gruff Rees believes the Ospreys' stunning Heineken Cup win over Toulouse offers a "light at the end of the tunnel" to Welsh rugby.
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A sense of gloom has enveloped rugby fans in the principality with the Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets managing just one win from nine Heineken Cup games before this weekend, while the national side have suffered seven straight defeats.
But the Ospreys proved there is no lack of talent or application among the regions as they claimed a thoroughly merited 17-6 victory over the four-time European champions.
Dan Biggar kicked two penalties and a drop goal to give the hosts a 9-6 half-time lead, with a further penalty from the fly-half and an excellent finish from man of the match Eli Walker sealing a famous triumph.
Toulouse's only response came in the form of a penalty and drop goal from Jean-Marc Doussain and their failure to at least pick up a losing bonus point throws Pool Two wide open ahead of next month's deciding fixtures.
The Ospreys will still need to beat Leicester and Treviso and hope other results go their way to advance, but they will be riding high after a wonderful performance based on a rock-solid defence, exemplified by tireless hooker Richard Hibbard, and the astute play of half-backs Biggar and captain Kahn Fotuali'i.
Rees said: "We said we would play to the last in this group regardless of the results. We knew three wins from our last three games might give us a quarter-final place in this competition or the Amlin Challenge Cup.
"Leicester have snuck a result in Treviso which does not help us, but it puts something on the game at home to them next month.
"We also denied Toulouse a losing bonus point. We felt if they got that today then in the next game they could get to 19 points, which we would have found difficult to surpass, but there is still a bit to play for there.
"We will just continue to plough on in terms of what we want to achieve.
"We think we offer a light at the end of the tunnel. People are quick to beat up Welsh rugby but we are confident in the future direction of the team.
"We said after losing in Toulouse last week that we are trying to develop 20-25 players who can compete and achieve in the Ospreys shirt, and this result today shows we can do that and maybe more."
The hosts had heroes in all areas of the field with the likes of Hibbard, Biggar, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones and Adam Jones leading by example.
But it was wing Walker who was named man of the match after a display where his pace and elusive footwork saw him escape the clutches of the Toulouse defence on several occasions.
Two thrilling counters from deep almost resulted in Ospreys tries, and he got his reward when he skated down the left touchline just after the hour mark.
And Rhys praised the 20-year-old for the way he has developed his game this season.
"He has been having those moments fairly consistently this season," he said.
"He is starting to grow up a bit, week in week out he is getting better. He is diligent, professional and is developing in confidence as he should.
"I tell him every week he has the attributes to cause damage to any team in the world and he has shown it today."
Defeat sees Toulouse slip behind Leicester into second place in the pool.
Flanker Thierry Dusautoir, returning from a two-month injury absence, believes there is no need to panic, but acknowledged just how poor the French club had been.
He said: "We always knew it would be hard but we played so badly, we are really disappointed. We knew they were a good team and they were better than us today. But the pool is not over.
"The Ospreys can still qualify for the quarter-finals so they will be a tough test for Leicester next month."