Leeds coach Brian McDermott was "humbled" by his side's thrilling Super League play-off victory over St Helens that puts them just 80 minutes away from a third successive Grand Final.
Second rower Willie Manu's second try of the match 10 minutes from the end cancelled out scores from Leeds centres Kallum Watkins and Joel Moon and tied the scores at 10-10 before Rhinos stand-off Danny McGuire broke Saints' hearts with a drop goal three minutes from the end.
The reigning champions had dominated the first half but led only 4-0 and were forced into some desperate defence after the break as St Helens, inspired by Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax, stormed back into the contest.
"We had a lot of pressure near their tryline for the majority of the first half and it would have been nice to convert some of that," McDermott said.
"But I can't speak highly enough of St Helens. I feel humble that we've won it, although I don't feel lucky.
"I thought it was a cracking advert for our game and a cracking advert for the play-offs.
"It was such an epic game, with both teams throwing everything at each other.
"St Helens didn't leave anything in their tank and we had to be very good."
McDermott was relieved that the outcome was not decided by a controversially disallowed try by McGuire four minutes before half-time.
McGuire looked to have got the ball onto the line but video referee Ben Thaler ruled he lost control.
"I thought it was a quick decision," McDermott said.
"I thought he should have had a few more looks. I couldn't see any separation from the ball.
"After both teams tipped their guts out on the field, for it to come down to a poor call would have been a shame."
St Helens' second defeat in nine matches ended hopes of a Grand Final appearance in Nathan Brown's first season at the helm but the Australian coach was proud of his side's efforts.
"Obviously when you lose, the season is over and it's very disappointing but I'm really proud of our guys," Brown said.
"You couldn't fault the effort from both sides. It was what proper semi-final football is all about. The commitment and effort from both teams was super."
Brown defended his team's decision not to kick for goal when they received a penalty on halfway with the scores locked at 10-10.
"Jonny Lomax couldn't kick because of his hamstring injury," he said.
"Going for touch was the safest option for us at the time."
Meanwhile, after completing the line-up for the last four, the champions now wait for Sunday's ClubCall announcement by Warrington to discover their semi-final opponents.
"I'm not bothered who we play," McDermott said.
"We know we're in the next round and we're pumped about that."
Leeds look likely to be without back-row forwards Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Brett Delaney, who sat out the second half of Friday night's game with knee and groin injuries respectively.