Saracens boss Mark McCall described his Aviva Premiership champions as poor despite them finishing on the right side of the scoreline as they inflicted a 19-17 defeat upon Gloucester at Kingsholm.
The champions were almost going home without even a losing bonus point as the game entered the final moments and McCall wants more from his team.
He said: "We were poor and I can understand why a lot of teams come down here and get beaten because of the intensity.
Saracens were 17-9 down after Gloucester full-back Olly Morgan had scored a super try, and fly-half Freddie Burns and his replacement Tim Taylor contributed some kicks.
But ex-England international Charlie Hodgson and centre Owen Farrell kept Saracens in touch before, at 17-12, Farrell's grubber kick to the posts saw Brad Barritt just get in ahead of the covering Dave Lewis for a score-levelling try.
It still needed a touchline conversion from Farrell to grab the win, which he did and completed a great personal display.
McCall added: "The fact that we were able to stay tight and not lose the run of ourselves, that we showed the composure in the last 20 minutes said a lot about us.
"Owen goes from strength to strength. We moved him from the centre to number 10 and he took over the goal-kicking duties from Charlie and kicked well.
"But overall, as a team performance, we have to do a lot better. We have got a run of big games.
"It was great to win on our away game but we talk about performance all the time and (it) was not one of our best."