The Mets finished off a gutsy one run win on Thursday night in Los Angeles to advance to the NLCS and Manager Terry Collins was the first to say he wasn’t surprised. 

in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
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“Tremendous fight,” said Collins, to TBS. “You’ve heard it all along, we have a tough game and something doesn’t go right, we bounce back. We’ve done it all year long. Tremendous heart and there’s nothing else to say. We have some young guys and some veteran guys mixed together. It’s been a blast.”

It’s a balanced roster of young and old that has helped the Mets get to the this point.

“It’s a great mix of the veteran leadership with that young energy,” said Daniel Murphy, to TBS after the game. “When that meets, it kind of makes the perfect storm. It’s a great group of guys that’s very unselfish. They’ve been playing that way all year. To be able to be a part of that, I can’t describe it. This team, this city, this organization deserves this and I’m glad we were able to deliver for them.”

Michael Conforto, at 22 years old, has had a home run in the post-season.

“It starts from the top with David, Cuddy, Murphy and Grandy,” said Conforto. “Those are unbelief clubhouse guys and unbelievable players. I’m just trying to soak it all in and learn as much as I can from them.”

“I think it’s the combination of leadership on the staff, leadership in the clubhouse and a bunch of young guys that really enjoy playing,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, who was responsible for calling up several rookies like Conforto, and making multiple moves at the trade deadline, which included Yoenis Cespedes.

Game 1 of the NLCS, Cubs at Mets, is Saturday night at 8:07p ET on 104.5 The Team.