All Black and Highlanders star flanker Adam Thomson says a simple half time chat helped to turn their game around after a half time stalemate.
Thomson returned to the Highlanders starting line up after a week off and scored a hat trick of tries.
The first half was a tighter affair than the second half as the scores were level at half time but in the second half the Rebels were outscored 31 points to 0.
"We just talked (at halftime) about building pressure," said Thomson after the match.
"I think the Highlanders play best when we build phases and wait for things to open up and not force too many passes."
"Having a bit more patience and building the game, cutting those silly turnovers out and finishing off made all the difference," Thomson said.
The Highlanders lost fly half Lima Sopoaga early in the season and last week they lost Colin Slade leaving rookie Chris Noakes with the kicking duties.
Noakes converted four of the Highlanders tries but Thomson said the focus was more on scoring tries.
"We couldn't kick any goals but we're scoring points, so it's good," explained Thomson.
Thomson showed no signs of injury in the match and said that he felt good after a week off.
"It was good, I had a rest last week and I felt fresh this week. It went well," Thomson said.