Australia's second-place finish in this year's edition of the Rugby Championship has seen them climb to third in the rankings at the expense of Ireland and South Africa.
They did, showing world champion composure to take everything a desperate South Africa could throw at them before replying late with a try by fullback Damian McKenzie and a game-clinching penalty by replacement flyhalf Lima Sopoaga.
"What I mean by that is mentally, for them, they were all coming in trying to test themselves and say 'listen, we don't need (retired captain Richie) McCaw and (Conrad) Smith and all these guys, we can still do this".
Despite Springbok coach Allister Coetzee publicly writing off his side's chances, Hansen believes that behind the scenes they will be seething over their 57-0 humiliation when they played the All Blacks in New Zealand last month.
"We knew it was just a blip in New Zealand and we knew we must just keep persevering".
The coach said the hard work was starting to pay off for the team: "The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks", he said.
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"They managed to get on top of New Zealand's big boys, and the big thing was the way they played with ball in hand".
Add to the mix that Coetzee has made a few interesting changes for the Test after drawing with Australia for the second time in their Rugby Championship campaign, and the fact that the All Blacks are unbeaten in five matches in the competition, and you soon realise what an uphill battle the Boks are facing.
"A performance like this must give us belief - the players will get confidence from this". That is what we are looking for.
'What we saw tonight was if everyone is in the right mindset the Boks are a very good team.
All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams, on social media, thanks the Springboks and South African fans for a Test match the All Blacks wouldn't forget in a hurry.