Wigan Warriors centre Dan Sarginson claimed the second Super League Grand Final ring of his career and dedicated the success to his brother, who died in September.
Sarginson was back on the pitch less than a week after his younger brother Adam passed away last month, helping the Warriors set up a meeting with Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old, who spent last season with NRL side Gold Coast Titans, opened up on how he struggled with his emotions in the build-up to Saturday's 12-4 victory.
"I've said it in all the press, my little brother came two years ago when we won it and it was one of the best days of his life," Sarginson told reporters.
"I had about an hour [on Friday] when I had to call a couple of coaches to calm me down, I was in a bit of a state. I just wanted to go out there and win for him, I didn't want anything else.
"That still hasn't sunk in as well and I'm sure there'll be more tears later. I have done it for him. My other brother was [at Old Trafford] and he got to experience that now, and my grandma who doesn't really see me play. So many special moments to take from this game."
It was a victorious farewell to head coach Shaun Wane, who is crossing codes to become a high performance coach at Scottish Rugby, and key players Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton.
Sarginson said: "The people that are going, especially Sam Tomkins and Shaun Wane, are massive, massive figures. As soon as you mention Wigan Warriors you think of their names.
"Batty's [Bateman] been amazing for us, Sutty's [Sutton] a kid growing up, but those two especially and [director of performance] Mark Bitcon, who's been amazing for me. It hasn't really sunk in yet but it's amazing to do for them."
A double from Dom Manfredi, who only returned from two years out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in September, helped clinch the victory, and seeing the winger and close friend have such an impact provided Sarginson with great pleasure.
"When he played his first game [back] and scored a couple of tries, that feeling when he scored those two tries, how close I am with Dom and some of the conversations I've had with his mum about how nervous he was about coming back and how close he's been to quitting rugby, I was really emotional," he said.
"To see him out there again, he's definitely one of the best wingers in the competition."
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