The host nation won its first gold medals of the Games as Tour de France winner
Pearce's side ensured the 'feelgood factor' continued as
Pearce said: "Today has been a fantastic day with Wiggins winning gold and that spreads right across
"We didn't watch it (the rowing or the cycling) together as we had to prepare for this game but I fully expect that most of the players, and a lot of the staff, are watching other events.
"We all feel part of it after our experience in the Olympic village. We all feel part of what's going on.
"I also have to mention the women's team, them winning yesterday gave us a real good lift by beating
"They have been playing a day before us and everytime they have got a good result we are trying to emulate them, which is fantastic.
"We are all under the same umbrella and we all want each other to do well."
Pearce also praised the support of the 64,000-strong crowd in
There had been fears that the national anthem would not be well received in
Pearce said: "If we wind the clock back three or four weeks people were saying we would get a negative reaction in
Pearce's side has shown steady signs of improvement as the tournament has progressed, and it continued to do so here.
The midfield triumvirate of
And Pearce believes his squad is building nicely as it enters the knockout stages.
"I thought all 18 of the players were fantastic, and it excites me to stay in the competition to play at least one more game with this group.
"We are improving game by game, our fitness levels are improving, our understanding is improving and some of the passing, especially in the first half, was outstanding."
He said: "We were looking for something we didn't get from this game. We worked really hard and created chances even though GB in the last 15 minutes of the first half were better and had a lot of possession.
"We fought until the end and we have nothing to complain to the players about because they gave their all."
London 2012 has given women's football in the UK an 'unprecedented platform' on which to create a lasting legacy, according to the Football Association's head of national game Kelly Simmons.