"The last few games have been ones we've targeted for points after the disappointing loss at home to Edinburgh in the Heineken. We had to get something from these two games considering where we are in the ladder and where Worcester and Irish were so it was critical that we came away with points and pulled away.
"We're going in to the hugely tough challenge against Saracens and we've got some confidence back in the group and hopefully we can build on that."
Irish outscored the Cherry and Whites by three tries to one but the collective boot of Billy Twelvetrees and Freddie Burns were enough to keep the Exiles at bay.
Cowan continued. "It's funny how the game works like that sometimes. I've played a lot so I didn't feel too much pressure at the late stage. When they scored in the first minute, it was then simply about getting back in the game and building our platforms again.
"Credit to Irish, they played well in the first ten minutes but I'm pleased with Billy and I controlled the game from 9 and 10 to put us in the right areas of the field for the boys to play and pick up penalties which Billy kicked over".
By anyone's standards, the campaign for Gloucester so far has been a disappointing one but Cowan insists focus is now in the right place and the team is looking upwards to fulfill potential.
"We haven't started games well all season so it was disappointing to have conceded again but as a group we are focusing on it but it keeps happening.
"It's been a bit of a disjointed week with Christmas in the middle as we've only had the one or two training sessions but the early score was a big wake up call for the boys.
"We finally got in the game and we put our game together nicely. 22-12 up with ten minutes to go, we put ourselves under a lot of pressure so we've only got ourselves to blame on that front but overall I'm pleased we got the result."