Adam Balding has paid tribute to Gloucester's 'passion, commitment and belief' that played a major role in their nerve-shredding victory over Sale on Saturday.
The injured Kingsholm skipper was full of admiration for his team-mates as he watched the 21-18 victory unfold from the main stand during the frantic finale of injury time.
"The team may not be hitting the high standards it would like to hit at the moment but it is still early days," he said. "But I thought the passion, commitment and belief - even when we were behind - was brilliant. I never thought we would lose.
"Looking on from the main stand, the last 10 minutes were fantastically tense and the result was just tremendous for us."
Balding was out of action because of a triple fracture to his cheek sustained in the opening weekend draw at Worcester but he hopes to resume weight training and running by next week.
He received a tremendous ovation when he ran across in front of the Shed and added: "I was absolutely dumfounded and to be honest I didn't know where to look.
"But it just typifies this club - they really got behind the boys and contributed to us winning the game."
Balding was due for a check up at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Monday but was already looking forward to Sunday's west country derby against Bristol.
"It's another massive challenge. Bristol have had a great start to the season and I am sure they are relishing us going down there," he said.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.