James Denny and Matty Lee produced a top 10 finish on their World Championship debuts in Kazan.
The British pair were in and out of the top 12 throughout the six prelim rounds before finally sealing the 12th and last qualification spot with their last dive.
When the final came they looked at home on the big stage, scoring 396.84 to finish ninth overall having raised their game when it mattered, adding nearly 20 points to their prelim score.
"I couldn't have expected that at the beginning of the year.” - James Denny
Admitting the pressure was off in the final, Lee said "We wanted to enjoy ourselves because we'd earned our spot there and it was our first ever World Championships so there were no expectations on us. We had fun and it obviously improved our performance.”
Denny added: "Matty and I have only been diving together since the start of this year so we've come really far to finish ninth in the world - I couldn't have expected that at the beginning of the year.”
Earlier in the competition Denny had kicked off his World Champs debut with a 26th place finish in the opening 1m Springboard event.
The 21-year-old, who won 10m Synchro silver with Tom Daley at last year’s Commonwealth Games, scored 309.60 for his six dives as Ukraine’s Oleg Kolodiy took the 12th and final qualification spot on 361.55.
City of Leeds pair Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree finished 10th in the 3m Synchro final scoring 286.86 as China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia defended their title on 351.30.
"When you get that pressure from the crowd, it does get to you." - Alicia Blagg
While they finished fourth in the morning prelim, the Brits were playing catch up from an early stage in the final but raising their level in the last two rounds to secure a top 10 finish.
"We both dropped that third dive and everyone upped their game in the final," said Blagg. "When people are scoring 70 for their optionals, it's really hard to follow, especially coming after the Russians because they had the crowd behind them. When you get that pressure from the crowd, it does get to you."
Gallantree added: "The top three qualified for the Olympics today but the rest of the places will be decided at next year's World Cup so we're going to have to get back in to hard training when we get home to get ready for that."
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow reached their third consecutive World Championship 10m Synchro final with a solid prelim performance in Kazan.
The Commonwealth silver medallists scored 302.52 for their five dives to place fourth overall with the top 12 progressing.
The final takes place later today which you can watch on BBC red button!