Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal with just two seconds left to play to give the Jets an 18-17 win over the Buccaneers, who had thought that they had sealed the victory with a late field goal of their own through Rian Lindell.
However, rookie quarterback Geno Smith made two big plays in a row before winning a 15-yard penalty that brought Folk within kicking range and allowed his side to claim a win.
"Man, oh man. We talk about a resilient group, and we certainly have it," Ryan told The AP.
"We fought all the way to the end. One team, one fight, well, there it is. Holy cow. Man, I mean, we'll take it. There's no question."
The Jets will face the New England Patriots in their second match of the season, while the Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints.