Two thousand and nine was the odd year when the Springboks recorded their last win against New Zealand in the Land of the Long White Cloud but Wellington (Athletic Park) was the venue of South Africa's first professional era win against New Zealand 20 years ago.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus had exaggeratedly suggested he could be looking for a new job if his side had lost to the All Blacks on Saturday. "Then we lost those two games in a row and you lose some belief, but we always targeted this game to say "we can turn things (around) and be real contenders at the World Cup".
New Zealand are now just 2.4 points ahead of Ireland who are ranked second in the world.
"The boys showed guts, and I am so glad for them", said Erasmus. "We've got to pick ourselves up off the floor and carry on", he said.
Captain Siya Kolisi said the win was special, given the many challenges faced by the team in the build-up to the tie and during the 80 minutes. "We still have a lot of work to do, and the All Blacks will be fuming when they come to Pretoria (on October 6)".
Both centres - Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am - left the field with injuries while Le Roux was sin-binned late in the match.
It was the first loss by the All Blacks to the Springboks in New Zealand since 2009 and kept the southern hemisphere championship alive until at least the fifth round of games in two weeks' time.
Jordie Barrett and Aaron Smith tries helped the All Blacks lead 12-0 but Aphiwe Dyantyi, Willie Le Roux and Malcolm Marx hit back for South Africa.
Steve Hansen's side produced an uncharacteristic error-strewn performance as a lively South African side punished their southern hemisphere rivals en route to a famous victory.
Three minutes from the break‚ the All Blacks reduced the deficit to four points through crowd favourite Rieko Ioane but Beauden Barrett missed his second conversion.