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.
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.