Goalscoring hero Didier Drogba was thrilled with his side’s fourth FA Cup win in six years but also paid tribute to opponents Liverpool for making it tough.
The striker's 52nd minute strike proved to be the difference as Chelsea held off Liverpool’s spirited late challenge to seal a fourth FA Cup win in just six years.
"This one and the first final against United were the hardest," the Ivory Coast international said.
"Liverpool is a difficult team to play and we got a great result because after losing against Newcastle it was difficult for us losing at home but I'm glad we won.
"It's the first step."
Defender Ashley Cole paid tribute to the big Ivorian whose goal was his eighth strike in eight appearances at Wembley for Chelsea.
"It's always nice to be in finals, disappointing in league but to come here and win another medal is an amazing feeling," Cole said.
"Didier seems to step up and score when needed."
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was adamant the controversial goal-line clearance late on, when the match officials deemed Andy Carroll's powerful header to have not crossed the line, to be the correct decision.
"I don't think it (Andy Carroll's header) was over the line," the Czech Republic netminder said.
"If the ball was behind the line I could haven't put it out.
"I'm sure it was not behind. I haven't seen it but I'm persuaded it wasn't in and I knew it from the first moment.
"It's fantastic what we've achieved and still have one more final to go and hopefully we can make it two.
"I've won it for the fourth time and it doesn't matter how many times you win it the atmosphere is always the same."
Unsurprisingly Liverpool striker Carroll was of the opinion that the goal should have been given.
"I thought it (his header) was over the line and you know better than me but I thought it was," he said.
"I thought it hit the other side of the bar but I haven't seen it back.
"I thought it was unlucky had a few chances and could have put them away but it wasn't to be.
"We came here to win, it's been disappointing in the league, we got here and it was unlucky because it would have taken us into extra time.
"I did the best I could when I came on and we were unlucky."
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was disappointed with his side's lacklustre first hour which left them two goals behind.
"They were the best team for the first hour they scored a goal and a great block on Craig Bellamy's volley but we finished strongly and maybe if we'd started that way we'd be happier than we are now," he said.
"I thought it (Carroll's late header) went in but if it hasn't then give the officials the credit they deserve.
"We've just got to learn our lessons from it and understand we can't start the game like that.
"We'll assess the season at the end of the season.
"For the first hour they were better than us maybe a bit of naivety from our point of view or experience for them but if we had more of the game with that pace and commitment maybe we'd have got a better score."