Cornish Pirates coach Harvey Biljon was happy with the spirit his side showed as they won 25-23 at London Scottish.
Blair Cowan's last-minute try sealed victory for the Pirates after a second-half comeback by Scottish.
Pirates led 17-9 at half time after Cowan, Charlie Walker-Blair and David Docherty touched down.
But two converted Steve Pape tries saw Scottish take a 23-17 lead before Rob Cook's penalty and Cowan's try won the game for the visitors.
"Good teams will win, and sometimes they'll win ugly," Biljon told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"Today was one of those times where you've got to look at the character those players showed.
"They assessed the situation and they changed the game plan in the second half.
"They worked on the objectives during the week and they ground out the victory and from that point of view I've got to be pretty impressed with the players," he added.