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.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.