Kieran Read felt New Zealand could have scored more second-half tries despite crushing Australia 42-8 in their Rugby Championship opener at ANZ Stadium.
Tries from Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino and Waisake Naholo sent the All Blacks into half-time with a 32-3 lead.
Further efforts from Dane Coles and Julian Savea preceded a consolation score from Nick Phipps as New Zealand came away with a bonus point and their largest victory on Australian soil.
However, captain Read felt the margin of the win could well have been bigger.
"It was certainly still a fight and tough out there but I think the performance from our boys was outstanding. We had to fight really hard and the boys worked for it," said Read in his post-match interview.
"I think probably our execution let us down a little bit in that second half. We'd have liked to have put on a couple more tries, but the effort was there.
"An Australian team is not going to give up and they showed that right up to the end. We'll look at the tape and things we can improve on for next week."
On the back of his Super Rugby triumph with Hurricanes, Barrett scored 17 points and earned the Man of the Match award.
However, the fly-half - tipped to fill the void left by the retirement of World Cup winner Dan Carter - was unwilling to rest on his laurels and credited the players behind him for helping him shine.
"We knew the Wallabies would be tough tonight, so I was pretty pleased with how we started the game," he told Fox Sports.
"I guess it's on the back of the team playing well and guys playing well behind me. You've got to smell the roses while you can because it's never always as good as this.
"I've still got plenty to work on."