Pietersen grateful for support
Kevin Pietersen thanked the England players, management and fans after his match-winning century in the second Test against India in Mumbai.
Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 wickets between them - 11 of them going to the left-armer - to ensure England only had to chase 57 on Monday morning, something they achieved with a minimum of fuss.
But the victory was built on the first-innings centuries from Alastair Cook and, in particular, man of the match Pietersen, whose 186 was his first major contribution since his return to the team following the much-publicised troubles of the summer.
"Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management for sorting everything out," he said.
"Every day you put on an England jersey is a special day.
"We are so privileged as England cricketers with the spectators that travel around the world with us, they are purely magnificent.
"Without their support, we can't achieve things."
Pietersen said he thought his innings was his best for England.
Asked where he placed the ton among his record-equalling haul of 22, he said: "Now that we've won, probably at the top.
"Yesterday I said we needed to win the match and Test hundreds feel a lot better when you win.
"Panesar, Swann were outstanding in that second innings. Cooky is a magnificent cricketer - he'll break every England record for Test hundreds and career runs.
"What a difference a week makes. The boys came to Mumbai, they worked hard, they trained hard, they backed themselves and there's a good united spirit in that dressing room which is magnificent."
It was an impressive way for England to bounce back from the nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad in the first Test.
Captain Cook said: "It was a tough week at Ahmedabad and the character we showed today and these last three days has been fantastic. I just can't fault the effort from the lads and the performance they've put in these last four days."
Cook was visibly frustrated after losing the toss and being asked to bat, and he said: "It was an important toss but the way we bowled that first day was fantastic.
"And the way Kevin batted, the way he took the game away from India - to get an 80-odd run lead was vital on that wicket.
"It was a fantastic innings, great to watch from the other end. We almost could have got more of a lead in the end.
"The way Swanny and Monty bowled when the pressure was on, not to let India get away was fantastic."
He added: "It's been an interesting two weeks, both ends of the spectrum."
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni singled out Panesar as England's matchwinner.
"Monty bowled really well," he said. "If you see all the other spinners, all of them looked effective, all of them were getting a bit of turn and bounce, but they were not really uncomfortable for the batsmen, but Monty, the pace he bowled at, he made sure the batsmen were coming on to the front foot and playing him so I think the major difference was him."