Hinton praised the "unassuming yet brilliant Kiwi coach" who "sent out a side not just motivated, but equipped with the skill, discipline and game-plan to sit the now previous best team in the world on their bums".
For the first time in 113 years, Ireland can boast about beating New Zealand at home and the crucial score came in the 48th-minute when Stockdale crossed the whitewash.
Ireland's total now stands at 91.17 points - only 1.37 points behind the All Blacks, who celebrated an unbroken nine-year reign as the world's highest ranked team last Friday.
They deserved the win and with it, they deserve to be seen as world rugby's best team even if the rankings don't agree'.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, a potential successor to Hansen as All Blacks coach, wasn't fussed about Hansen's comment.
Strong defence is the rock that this victory is based on but every side needs a sharp finisher and Ireland possess one in Jacob Stockdale. "I guess we'll find out".
The IRFU have confirmed that seven players have returned to their provinces as they leave the Ireland camp in Carton House.
"I'd like to congratulate Ireland", he said in the post-match press conference. "We are at home, they are at the end of a long series of games travelling round the world". "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best.
The 53-year-old New Zealander - whose contract comes to an end after the sport's quadrennial showpiece in Japan - will announce his decision by the end of November and it is fair to say Irish fans will pray he opts to stay.
"Ireland are favourites, but there is a lot of water to go under the bridge before it (the Rugby World Cup) starts". "There were times when we did get severed but the great thing about "Faz" is he will look at those and say there are a couple of solutions there what do you think guys?"
Can we make sure we deliver at that level?' I think you've got to keep getting better.
"We want to be as good as we can be, so we try to create our own expectation", he said.
"But at the same time we're realistic, because we know how good those other teams are and we know how good we're going to have to be".
"We have people talking to a large number of coaches who are out of New Zealand, who we are in contact with constantly", Tew told Fairfax last week.