Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin praised his senior players for standing up to deliver victory for Petero Civoniceva in his 300th NRL match on Friday night.
The Broncos trailed South Sydney 6-4 at half-time but dug deep in the second half to score four tries to one and run away 26-12 winners on Civoniceva's milestone day.
Griffin said his young squad had taken another step forward in the victory.
"I was impressed with our control and kick-chase game," Griffin said.
"When we got a chance to really apply some pressure and strangle them in their own end we did that.
"That's something that we lost about a month ago and have been working hard to get it back. Apart from (Nathan Merritt's) intercept I was happy with everything defensively.
"A few of our blokes are running busted out there and I was really pleased with the way our senior blokes, Sammy (Thaiday), Corey (Parker), Justin (Hodges) and Petero himself, stood up and we rode off their backs in the second half."
Civoniceva had a typically strong night carting the ball forward for Brisbane and said post-match that he would be happy for the spotlight to shift away from him and back to the team.
"I am glad it's all over and we can put it to rest and get on with our run," Civoniceva said.
But before it was all over Civoniceva was called upon to have the ceremonious shot at goal after Ben Te'o scored in the closing moments
The giant prop said he instantly had memories of Brisbane's other 300-gamer, Darren Lockyer, who missed an easy shot at goal with his final on-field act in the Four Nations final in 2011.
"I just thought of Locky in his last game," Civoniceva said.
"I sat up all morning to watch that game and I was seeing it all over again, slipping and falling onto his backside."
Halfback Peter Wallace set the ball on the tee for Civoniceva, who just could not wait for the fanfare to finish.
"I just said to Wal, 'Let's just get this done so we can get off the field'," he said.
Civoniceva stayed on his feet but his shot hooked across the front of goal.
The retiring Maroons prop also backed Dave Taylor to retain his place in the Queensland side for Origin III.
"I know what an important member of the team. When he is in great form, which he has been, he's one of the most damaging players in the game," Civoniceva said.
"Maybe nerves got him (in Origin II) which is expected. He's still a young bloke and I think we get carried away putting pressure on him.
"I just love playing beside him and the other boys do too."