Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was delighted by the composure shown by his side as they sealed an impressive win at Kingsholm.
After surviving a major relegation scare last season, having been bottom of the table until March, the Sharks got the 2013-2014 campaign off to a perfect start with a stunning upset away to Gloucester.
Big things are expected of the Cherry and Whites this season, but at one point they trailed 19-3 after two controversial tries for Sale from Mark Cueto and new signing Andy Forsyth.
Underlining that last season was irrelevant, Diamond was pleased with the character his team showed in the closing stages as they hung on for a 22-16 victory.
"Last year is another season. The year before, we got to the Heineken Cup and nobody talks about that, do they? There is no point bringing that one up," said Diamond.
"We are at Kingsholm today, for goodness sake, and Gloucester came out with a real passionate second-half and took the game to us.
"We held on in the second half but that is the character we showed in the latter half of last year where we won seven or eight of the games we played.
"We have now come down here and, if you get a bonus point, you are happy, so to win is a great result for the club.
"We managed to show a bit of character in the final quarter and held on. We were defending for a lot of the game but Nick MacLeod and Joe Ford gave us field position and we managed to contain them.
"We got two tries which some people might think are contentions tries but if the ref gives it and the technical match official gives it, you can't say anymore than that. So I am happy with the result."