Despite losing 23-18 to London Irish on Saturday, Gloucester boss David Humpreys was impressed with debutant Tom Marshall.
The former Chiefs and Crusaders utility back finally made his Premiership bow after moving to Kingsholm in 2015.
He was sidelined for the first six months due to a knee injury.
The Cherry and Whites' director of rugby has hailed the New Zealander for his impact against the Exiles.
"He did well for a first game after eight or nine months," Humpreys told Gloucester Rugby TV.
"He showed some nice touches.
"It was always going to be difficult with our set-piece and the nature of the ball that he didn't get many attacking opportunities but he looked very secure and almost had a dream start with that first try which was probably the right decision but an unfortunate one."
Marshall is likely to retain his spot in Gloucester's run-on side when they host Bath at Kingsholm on Saturday.