After three straight 7-9 seasons, the New Orleans Saints made an emphatic return to the postseason by clinching a spot after a 23-13 win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.

While there is unfinished business in the form of the unclaimed NFC South, which has the Saints and Carolina Panthers tied atop the division at 11-4 with a game to go, some players are happy to make the playoffs.

"It was great a Christmas present, for sure," punter Thomas Morstead said. "It felt like old times a little bit."

Morstead is among a group players remaining on the team since the last time the Saints made the playoffs in 2013, joining quarterback Drew Brees, running back Mark Ingram, defensive end Cameron Jordan, left tackle Terron Armstead, safety Rafael Bush and tight end Josh Hill.

With turnover on the roster, Morstead is thrilled the current team can experience what it feels like to know they have the opportunity to play for it all.