Gloucester's Phil Vickery previews Friday night's Heineken Cup game away at Ulster.
The 28 year-old prop, who completed a contract extension this week, came through the full 80 minutes against Leicester at the weekend after six weeks on the sidelines.
Talking ahead of the Anglo-Irish clash Vickery said: "I've been working hard behind the scenes since the injury in November and I was pleased to have come through Sunday's game, even though we were all disappointed with the result.
"But to come through 80 minutes against a side like Leicester is a big boost. I was really pleased and it's given me a big confidence lift for Friday's game."
Vickery started both of Gloucester's opening two Heineken Cup games away at Stade Francais and at home against Ulster.
Gloucester won 55-13 against Ulster at Kingsholm at the end of October, but Vickery and his team mates are well aware that Friday's game will be a different challenge entirely.
"Ulster's home record speaks for itself. They're a very different side at Ravenhill to what they are on the road.
"We've gone about our business quietly this week, and we'll go there with confidence and hit them with everything we've got."
The Cornish-born front row man has come up against Irish packs on many occasions and knows that Ulster will be no different.
"Games are always won or lost up front. Ulster are a good side and a lot of people talk about David Humphreys and the role he plays, but they've got a good pack of forwards.
"With their kicking game they get good field position and then apply the pressure, and are a difficult side to breakdown. They work hard for each other, there's a good ethos there and with their crowd behind them, we know what's in store.
"They'll be confident and rightly so, as they're at home. But we're also confident in our ability, and we wouldn't be going there if we didn't think we could win."
Vickery and the rest of the Gloucester set-up have knuckled down after Sunday's defeat against Leicester and made the most of a short week ahead of the Ulster game.
"We've taken the good bits from Sunday, and put the bad bits right. We'll be going to Ulster full of confidence. We know we've got to win to stand a chance of going into next week's game with everything to play for."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).