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."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.