Mark Anscombe was delighted with his side’s character after this dramatic victory over previously unbeaten Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Ulster turned around a 12-point deficit to take Ospreys’ unbeaten record in a bruising encounter in Swansea.
Fly-half Dan Biggar kicked four penalties to give the home team a 12-0 lead after 44 minutes.
But Ulster kept their cool and a superb forward display enabled their number 10 Paddy Jackson to kick six penalties.
A desperate last-minute attack by the Ospreys ended in a knock-on, as the visitors held on for their second successive win at the Liberty Stadium.
In a match that lacked nothing in commitment but offered little in terms of creativity, it was the perfect place-kicking displays of both fly-halves that caught the eye.
But the result was a bitter blow for the Ospreys as they prepare to meet Leinster in the Heineken Cup, while the result will boost Ulster with Leicester their next opponents in the same competition.
For Ulster, turning a 12 point deficit around was a massive comeback and backed up the bonus point victory over Treviso the previous weekend.
Anscombe said: “The character pleased me. We were 12-0 down against a quality team,” said Anscombe.
“A lot of teams don’t come back from that and they don’t give teams much.
“Look at their track record. That’s their first loss and they haven’t been beaten at home for a while.
“They are a quality team and I have got an enormous amount of respect for them
“If we played as we talked we were capable of winning but it’s easier said than done.
“We had their 10 minute window when where went from 3-0 to 12-0 down.
“I thought: ‘bloody hell’ but the boys tuck to what we had talked about and played football at the right end of the park.
“We kept some pressure on and kept some composure. We didn’t have one shot at goal in the first half and then we had six in the second.
“Paddy’s been working hard on his game and he kicked beautifully and we got there in the end.
“We had control of that second half but the Ospreys played in that last two or three minutes as well as they had all game. But we showed great character.
“We managed to scrape out and get out of there which was nerve-wracking from a coaching point of view.”