Just curious - would you honestly have been happier if you'd lost but taken a good cut at your strokes?
On the flip side of developing a game with proper strokes etc is developing a temperament where you do what you have to do to win whatever the circumstances. Sometimes pushing maybe the answer.
I see no reason why you can't develop good strokes whilst still winning by pushing - if that is what it takes in some circumstances.
Well done on the win!