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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.