Captain corageous Nigel Boogaard was full of pride in his club after scoring the winner in Newcastle Jets' 3-1 win over Persija Jakarta.
Ronald Vargas opened the scoring, before Ramdani Lestaluhu equalised through a bullet header - capitalising on the Jets' sloppy defending from set pieces.
While an often cagey affair failed to spark to life for either side, Newcastle's humid evening taking its toll on both teams, a late flurry left the Jets convincing winners thanks to strikes from Boogaard and Mathew Ridenton.
"We knew what they were going to bring to the table, they're energetic, skillful and they knew they had an excellent opportunity to go through," Boogaard said.
"We knew we had to weather the storm but we were quite wasteful, we have to be smarter in key areas and conceding sloppy goals like that has hurt us in the league.
"At the end of the day we're playing Champions League, this is a fantastic opportunity to play on the world stage. It's huge to play against the best teams in Asia, adrenaline should get you through that regardless."
Boogard and Newcastle fans will get their competitive wish sooner than expected, drawing reigning Asian Champions League winners Kashima Antlers - who are in the final Playoff Round after a disastrous previous league campaign - before they can qualify for the tournament finals.
"Massive, massive task, but we've got to go into every match with belief," Boogaard added.
"Last year's champions are going to be a tough proposition, but these are the ones you want to play in."
Persija Jakarta's Ryuji Utomo paid credit to Newcastle's performance.
"All the players are working so hard, we have to admit that the Jets are a good team also, but we can fight them for 90 minutes plus," Utomo said.
"We already train so hard, every day for two months, so (offseason matches) aren't a problem for us.
Asked whether Croatian Persija striker Marko Simic's arrest earlier in the day was a distraction for his side, Utomo was as valiant as his team's performance.
"We are still family."