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's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Matt Scott was again in impressive try scoring form for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday, and the Scotsman laid praise on his fellow backs for their attacking skills in a big 55-19 win over Worcester Warriors
Jonny May spilled blood for the cause on Saturday, before going on to score the first try in the 55-19 Aviva Premiership victory over Worcester. He told GRTV that the win was a reward for the hard work the squad have been putting in.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.
The Gloucester Rugby Heroes are back this month, and the huge array of past stars of Cherry and White, with a sprinkling of sporting legends and TV stars will assemble to take on the South African Legends on Sunday 29th January at Kingsholm.