Glasgow made a mockery of their basement status by outpowering Celtic League pacesetters Ulster in a Hughenden cracker.
Glasgow (20) 27
Tries: A Bulloch, Lamont, Lawson
Cons: Howarth 3
Pens: Howarth 2
Ulster (11) 25
Tries: Best, Young, McCullough
Cons: Wallace 2
Pens: Larkin 2
Two converted tries in a minute late in the first half courtesy of Sean Lamont and Alan Bulloch turned the game in Glasgow's favour.
Ulster then fought back in the closing stages with Mark McCullough and Scott Young notching tries.
However, Glasgow held on for the win that they just about deserved.
Early on, Celtic Cup winners Ulster gave instant notice of their intentions by breaching the home defence with ease after just two minutes.
But Paul Steinmetz's touchdown was snuffed out by referee Nigel Owens for a
marginally forward pass from Adam Larkin.
The visitors kept up the early pressure and broke the deadlock with a Larkin
penalty for a tackle offence inside the Glasgow '22.
However the Warriors responded in positive fashion to level the contest with a long-range strike by Calvin Howarth, back in action after a shoulder injury.
The Irish province looked the more controlled outfit as they strung together phases
But with the Glasgow defence more assured, they had to rely on another penalty
by Larkin to edge back in front.
Scott Young's try came too late for Ulster
The home troops also had to contend with the temporary loss of three players in quick succession, skipper Jon Petrie, centre Graeme Morrison and scrum-half Graeme Beveridge.
Ulster took full advantage by creating the first try, flanker Neil Best being
driven over by his pack-mates in the wake of a penalty line-out.
Glasgow mounted a series of promising attacks of their own, featuring darts at the line by Glenn Metcalfe and Scott Lawson, but all they could show for their
initial efforts was another Howarth penalty.
The home fans were cheering even louder on the stroke of the interval when wing Lamont oustripped the Ulster defence from fully 60 metres for a
wonderful solo score.
Even better was to come a minute later as Alan Bulloch galloped over following great work by Metcalfe and Rory Kerr. Howarth added both goals to complete the quickfire turnaround of fortunes.
Ulster's plight grew deeper as skipper Andy Ward was yellow carded for preventing a quick penalty.
And within a minute Glasgow had grabbed their third try through Lawson in the wake of an expertly executed kick, chase and tackle by Metcalfe. Howarth again
slotted the kick.
Matt McCullough went over for Ulster with Paddy Wallace converting to set up a
And the jitters set in when Scott Young added another in stoppage time - but
Glasgow held on.
Glasgow: Metcalfe, Kerr, Morrison, A. Bulloch, Lamont, Howarth, Beveridge, Murray, Lawson, A. Kelly, Beardshaw, Ross, Dearlove, MacFadyen, Petrie.
Replacements: Gunn, Harrison, Reid, Wilson, Pinder, Gregor, Millard.
Ulster: Cunningham, Topping, Wallace, Steinmetz, S. Young, Larkin, Doak, Kempson, Sexton, Moore, Longwell, McCullough, Ward, N. Best, Wilson.
Replacements: Shields, B. Young, Mustchin, McMillan, Campbell, Stewart, Mallon.
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRFU)