The 45-year-old was delighted to see his side score six tries in amatch that was seen as the tipping point to see whether Ireland had beenreplaced as the coming power in northern hemisphere rugby by their opponents.
"It was a good performance for 60 minutes but sloppy for the last 20," said the 45-year-old. "We had had to make some changes which unsettled us butoverall I am very happy.
"If we'd lost it would have been a setback but we've got somemomentum going to Twickenham. Hopefully we'll get another six tries against England!"joked O'Sullivan.
For his Welsh counterpart Steve Hansen it was a cold dose ofreality following yet more headlines about a new Welsh renaissance afteryears in the doldrums on the back of impressive showings against the All Blacksand England at the World Cup and then victory over the Scots last Saturday.
"Ireland's a good side and we saw that today," said the44-year-old former New Zealand police detective. "It was a young side trying to break into the top echelon andan older side that has been under pressure and could cope with it.
"I'm sure we can come back stronger for it. The Triple Crownis a nice thought but you have to take each game as it comes. We aredisappointed," added Hansen, who is due to leave the post at the end of the campaignand join up with his predecessor in the job and now All Blacks coach GrahamHenry.
Hansen, though, was stoical in defeat despite seeing his dreamsshattered of landing the Grand Slam in his farewell season. "No point being black about it, just got to cop the loss inthe chin," said Hansen. "There is no point sulking about it. We made too many mistakes with the ball. Got cleaned out inthe lineouts, didn't make first time tackles and ran sideways instead of forwardsso I guess we'll work on that for the next fortnight ahead of the French matchin Cardiff on March 7."
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll was very satisfied with theoutcome and by the fact he scored two tries on his return to the side after missingthe opening 35-17 defeat by France with a right hamstring injury. "It is good to be back and it was great to get off to afantastic start. We put up a great performance for 75 minutes and to score 36
"The tries are a bonus. I don't know how I managed to outflank Gareth Thomas as myhamstring was tightening up a bit and wanted to come off.
"It was hugely important to win - there was a lot to be saidabout it being make or break for our Six Nations. Now we can go over to Twickenhamwith some confidence," said the 25-year-old centre, whose two tries tookhim to 23 in his career and second on the all-time list of Irish tryscorers.
Wales skipper Martyn Williams, who replaced the injured ColinCharvis as captain, said that it had been uphill all the way from the momentByrne scored the first try but added that they would rebound against the French onMarch 7. "Of course we can raise our game for the French as we've beenthrough a lot together.
"We knew as a side we weren't a finished article but it takestime to get there and yes its a setback."
Ireland: Girvan Dempsey (Leinster); Shane Horgan (Leinster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster, capt), Tyrone Howe (Ulster);Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Peter Stringer (Munster); Anthony Foley (Munster),Keith Gleeson (Leinster), Simon Easterby (Llanelli/WAL); Paul O'Connell(Munster), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster); John Hayes (Munster), Shane Byrne(Leinster), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster) Replacements: Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster) for O'Callaghan, 36 mins; Kevin Maggs(Bath/ENG) for D'Arcy, 57 mins; Frank Sheahan (Munster) for Byrne, 65 mins; Guy Easterby (Rotherham/ENG) for Stringer, 78 mins; David Humphreys(Ulster) for O'Driscoll, 78 mins; Simon Best (Ulster) for Corrigan, 80 mins; Victor Costello (Leinster) for Foley, 80 mins.
Wales: Gareth Thomas (Celtic Warriors); Rhys Williams (Cardiff), SonnyParker (Celtic Warriors), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff), Shane Williams(Neath-Swansea); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Gareth Cooper (Celtic Warriors); DafyddJones (Llanelli), Martyn Williams (Cardiff, capt), Jonathan Thomas(Neath-Swansea); Robert Sidoli (Celtic Warriors), Brent Cockbain (Celtic Warriors);Adam Jones (Neath-Swansea), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli) Replacements;: Gethin Jenkins (Celtic Warriors) for A Jones; Michael Owen (Dragons) for R Sidoly; Tom Shanklin (Cardiff) for S Parker; Alix Popham (Leeds/ENG) for J Thomas; CeriSweeney (Celtic Warriors) for I Harris; D Pel for G Cooper.