Ulster finally rediscovered the winning feeling with a 30-13 victory over Connacht last night to move off the bottom of the Magners League table.
Second-half tries by Kieron Dawson, Carlo del Fava and Roger Wilson, all converted by Paddy Wallace who also slotted three penalties, was enough to see off a spirited Connacht side and secure Ulster's second win of their troubled season and their first on the road since April.
Caretaker coach Steve Williams, in his second game in charge following Mark McCall's resignation, admitted it was far from a perfect performance.
But he said it was an encouraging step in the right direction for the province, who have moved three points ahead of Connacht in the table and equal with Edinburgh in eighth place.
"We started something last week and we finished it off today," said Williams. "I am just really happy. It is nice to go into the changing room and see proper smiles on people's faces.
"At times we probably got a little bit desperate in the second half but we came through.
"I think we played some good rugby actually at times. We know we are not the finished article."