Dean Ryan breathed a huge sigh of relief as Gloucester snatched a crucial Premiership victory over Sale at Kingsholm.
The head coach was on the touchline when referee Roy Maybank awarded an 89th minute penalty try following persistent Sale infringements at a series of driven line-outs.
Ludovic Mercier's conversion sealed a 21-18 triumph and Ryan said: "We have had a rough ride at Kingsholm and sometimes you forget how to win.
"Sometimes you need something to break for you and now it has, hopefully we can flood through the hole. We obviously have lots of things to work on - Sale were slicker and sharper than us - but we have to be happy because it's a great result.
"When it came down to it, we had more raw power up front and that proved decisive. At the end when we needed to combine power and precision, I thought the line-out was excellent."
Of the penalty try, Ryan added: "I don't think you should have to go to the well five times to get one reward. There were two yellow cards and it seemed pretty obvious what was going on.
"In my opinion, I thought the referee could have given it sooner."
The victory is the perfect tonic ahead of Gloucester's trip to Guinness Premiership leaders Bristol on Sunday. Sale were forceful up front thanks to the outstanding efforts of Sebastien Chabal and Jason White and controlled behind the scrum, where Charlie Hodgson displayed his very special talents in atrocious conditions.
Sale went 5-0 ahead when they stole possession after a Mercier knock-on. Andy Titterrell and White carried possession forward, Jason Robinson added support to the attack and Chabal showed terrific ball skills to slam home from close range.
Mercier landed two penalties but Sale produced a move of genuine class from a set-scrum six minutes before the break to re-establish their lead. Scrum-half Valentin Courrent linked with Chabal and he sent Mark Cueto blasting away past Rob Thirlby and James Forrester to score.
It took Gloucester eight minutes into the second half to cut the gap to a point when Haydn Thomas and James Forrester sustained an attack and hooker OIivier Azam crashed through Sale's defence to score from close range.
But it looked as though Sale's mastery of the conditions would hold sway with two crucial Daniel Larrechea penalties that stretched their lead to 18-11. However, Mercier ensured a grandstand finish with a successful three points after 66 minutes before the hair-raising finale in stoppage time.
"I am sure when we sit down and look at the video there will be things we have to improve but the win is a massive bonus and I know we can get better," Ryan added.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
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 Rugby can confirm that their allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh Rugby, taking place at The Stoop on Friday May 1st (kick off 7:45pm) is now officially sold out.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.