Coach Gregor Townsend had a mixture of delight and relief as Glasgow scored an injury time try to defeat Ulster at Ravenhill for the first time since 2009.
“Perseverance is the adjective I would use, it was a real effort in the second half and we showed real ambition to go out there and win the game but in terms of the stats Ulster dominated the second half in terms of territory,” said the former Scottish international.
“Usually when you’re playing in your half and giving away penalties you’re not going to win, our players showed great resolve to come back and we’re delighted with that last minute try.”
“This is a very tough place to come and Ulster really to it to us but we managed to hang in there and come away with the win.”
Glasgow trailed 12-6 and were reduced to 14 men when prop Murray Lowe was sin binned with six minutes left but still managed to win.
“Experience tells you when you’re away from home, you lose a yellow card and are behind by six points it’s going to be tough to come back, the scrum did really well because that is where the pressure is going to come and the guys that came off the bench did really well for us scrum wise.”
“It was a case of us of us holding onto the ball, in the first half we looked good when we went through the phases but we didn’t do that enough, our players were getting over the gain line but we didn’t execute very well and a few loose passes meant we weren’t able to get through the phases, at the end we managed to get the ball and managed to get a phases and find the gap.
Townsend had special praise for his side’s defensive effort.
“There were two are three times they were over the line and we put in tackles, Johnny Gray our 19 year old second row was involved in holding one of the Ulster players up over the line and he did the same at Cardiff last week in the final minute of the game, it’s fine margins when you are playing sides at the top of the league like Ulster and Cardiff whether you win our lose a lot of it is down to effort and I have got to praise the players and I was proud of their effort tonight.”
Glasgow return home this week to face defending champions Leinster.
“We got close to beating Leinster last year but they held a little gap above us so we’ll be motivated for that game, it’s a long season last year we lost our first two games and ended up in third place so we know there are a lot of challenges to come.”