Dortmund - For the first 86 minutes of their Group D encounter with Dutch champions Ajax, it looked like being the same old story for Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League: plenty of possession, plenty of chances, but an ultimately unsatisfactory outcome.

This European tale was destined to have a happy ending for the Yellow-Blacks however, with Polish frontman Robert Lewandowski netting the only goal of the game in the dying minutes to get them off to the desired winning start in what looks on paper to be the toughest group of the lot in Europe's elite club competition. spoke with Lewandowski about his match-winning strike, Dortmund's determinaton to improve on last season's disappointing Champions League showing and the buoyant mood in the Borussia camp ahead of a testing couple of weeks. Robert Lewandowski, how important was it to start with a win after last season's unsuccessful UEFA Champions League campaign?

Robert Lewandowski: The win was incredibly important for the whole team. Having not played well in last season's Champions League, we were able to show today that we're more than capable of competing at this level. We're very satisfied with the way we've started, it was the result we wanted. How happy are you with your last-minute winner?

Lewandowski: Obviously I'm delighted, but it doesn't matter who scores the goals. It's always a credit to the team. Of course when I score, I'm twice as happy. Just before scoring you missed a clear-cut chance that, if anything, was easier. What happened there?

Lewandowski: I don't know what happened in that moment either. At the end of the day it's irrelevant because I scored a goal just before the end. Next time I'll try and do better - then I'll score twice! Did Mats Hummels thank you for sparing his blushes?

Lewandowski: Yes, he was obviously pleased that we still managed to win even though he missed from the spot. Last season he had no problem putting the penatlies away, but today he didn't have luck on his side. That happens in football. We ultimately took the three points though and that's all that counts. How hard was it to break down Ajax's backline tonight?

Lewandowski: Ajax played very defensively which forced us to be patient, but come the final whistle we got our reward. Before that we had created several chances, but Ajax had as well. We tried to sustain our performance all the way through to the end of the match and we managed very well with that. How does this win effect Dortmund's self-confidence in light of the upcoming fixtures against the respective English and Spanish league champions, Manchester City and Real Madrid?

Lewandowski: The important thing was to get off to a positive start. The first game, the first three points, we're happy with that and it has certainly boosted our confidence ahead of the trip to Manchester City. City are a big team, but if we can make the most of our chances, we're more than capable of beating them too. We have to maintain this level of performance, but can't allow ourselves any slip-ups. Having missed so many scoring opportunities throughout the match did you get the feeling that Dortmund, as was so often the case last season, were again going to be denied victory?

Lewandowski: Not really. Last season we managed to play well without picking up the points. The win today has done us a lot of good in that regard. We're playing every three days right now. With a successful Champions League start under our belt we can now focus on the challenges ahead.

Interview by Markus Hoffmann