"It means a hell of a lot to the club. It is a monumental achievement," said a calm Lennon (right) after the game.
"For the whole club to be at the big table in the New Year is a phenomenal effort. To get 10 points is a phenomenal effort."
Club owner Dermot Desmond paid tribute to Lennon's achievement and tipped him for great things.
"I feel that he has a bright future ahead of him. As I said some time ago, Neil is just learning about managing.
"He's very good, he's very deep, he is very considerate towards his players in every aspect. He's brought in a lot of new players."