Colm McFadden again took on the scoring responsibility to help Donegal overcome Laois on Saturday evening in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The St Michael’s forward scored six points - which was the exact difference between the teams in the 0-14 to 0-8 win - to see his team into the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
“We played it patient but it opened up around 20 minutes and then the scores start to come,” McFadden said afterwards.
“We were glad to get right back at it after the Ulster final loss and weren’t afraid by the six-day turnaround. We couldn’t have stuck another seven days to be honest.”
McFadden and his companions Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty accounted for 0-11 of Donegal’s total, having been held scoreless from play in the 0-13 to 0-7 loss against Monaghan in Clones.
“We were just glad to get back out playing football,” McFadden said. “We were lucky in a way the loss came in Ulster as it meant that we had a second chance.
“I know it’s a cliché but we certainly learned more about ourselves in defeat than we did in victory.
“Hopefully we will continue to take them lessons on board ahead of going to Croke Park.”