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.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.