New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson described the nerve-wracking Abu Dhabi encounter as a "good advertisement for Test cricket.”
New Zealand defended 176 runs with the star performer being left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel bagging a five wicket haul in his first Test, bundling Pakistan out for 171 on the fourth day.
"It certainly was dramatic," said Williamson. "Throughout the four days both teams were put under pressure. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket."
The five-day format has been under threat with the mushrooming of T20 leagues from around the world.
Patel sparked a mini-collapse at the start when he trapped Imam-ul-Haq leg-before in before Ish Sodhi nipped out Hafeez and Haris Sohail in the same over.
Williamson said the wicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium wasn’t easy to bat on and insisted the attitude to challenge the opposition was the key.
"The wicket was challenging and both teams had to fight hard, and certainly Pakistan had the upper-hand, but some of the characteristics we held very dear is the attitude to fight on.
Williamson, who now has nine wins in his 18 Tests as skipper, described the win as "one of his best."
"Yes, without a doubt. The best in recent memory. In these conditions Pakistan are a very strong side. To get through them in four days and stay in the match and come out with this result must obviously rank as one of our best wins."
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed blamed soft dismissals as one of the reasons for his team’s loss.
"We have given away soft wickets. Nobody played a long innings. It is very disappointing to say the least," said Sarfraz.
"The way we started off yesterday we felt we will get through to the target easily.
"But then we lost three wickets and it was important for set players to play on but that did not happen and you have to praise New Zealand bowlers, especially Patel."