It was an entertaining afternoon's rugby at Kingsholm to get the new season, and Bryan Redpath's reign as head coach, underway.
The game took second place to marking openside Andy Hazell's testimonial, and the number seven gave a typically effective display at the break down, even if he could be found hanging out of rucks a little more often looking for a try to mark his and Bath's Lee Mears' big day.
Things became disjointed in the second half, as you would expect with substitutes coming on from everywhere.
But the game ticked quite a few boxes for the Cherry and Whites. Barring Nicky Robinson, all of the new names in the squad got a first chance on the hallowed turf.
Particularly impressive was new prop Paul Doran-Jones who refused to take a step backwards during his 40 minutes in the game.
He was replaced by Pierre Capdevielle, another who looked eager to get into the fray.
Dave Attwood, the former Bristol lock, also did little wrong and the line-out remained solid with Darren Dawidiuk, a second half replacement for Scott Lawson throwing in.
Tom Voyce had a shaky first game from full back, missing a couple of tackles and dropping some high balls, but pre-season is the time to make these errors.
Of the youngsters, all eyes were on Freddie Burns at fly-half and he showed signs of attacking excellence, sprinkled with a couple of defensive errors, but otherwise looked more than the part with Carlos Spencer outside him.
Jonny May, Hartpury's Twickenham hat-trick hero, was another to slot in well at outside centre.
Gloucester were out of the blocks quickest, going 10-0 up after a push over try from skipper Gareth Delve in the 13th minute, Spencer adding the extras to an earlier penalty.
Bath replied with a try of their own from Matt Carraro after a length of the field move started by a Voyce missed tackle on 38 minutes.
A Spencer penalty made it 13-7 at half time before an early Joe Maddock try reduced the deficit to a point, extended to four by the boot of the Kiwi, who missed nothing all afternoon.
Gloucester led 16-12 until the 69th minute, when Spencer slotted his final penalty. A minute later Bath struck back to level the scores and that was how it finished.
Gloucester: T Voyce; C Sharples, J May, C Spencer, L Vainikolo; F Burns, D Lewis; A Dickinson, S Lawson, P Doran-Jones, D Attwood, A Brown, P Buxton, A Hazell, G Delve (capt). Reps: D Dawidiuk (S Lawson 51), P Capdevielle (Doran-Jones 39), A Eustace (Attwood 51), D Williams (Delve 68), R Lawson (Lewis 40), M Tindall (Burns 40), J Simpson-Daniel (Vainikolo 51), N Wood (Dickinson 51), M Bortolami (Brown 51).
Bath: J Cuthbert; J Maddock, M Carraro, B Williams, R Crane; N Little, S Bemand; D Barnes, L Mears (capt), D Bell, S Hobson, D Grewcock, A Beattie, J Ovens, C Cracknell. Reps: R Hawkins (Mears 26), A Jarvis (Bell 40), S Hooper (Grewcock 40), B Skirving (Cracknell 40), M Baxter (Bemand 30), R Davis (Little 40), M Stevenson (Crane 40)), P Dixon (Hawkins 51), D Flatman (Barnes 40), J Salvi (Ovens 40), J Faamatuainu (Beattie 40), M Claassens (Baxter 51), S Hape (Williams 40), T Cheeseman (Carraro 40).
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.