Paddy Jackson's boot made the difference for Ulster at Kingspan Stadium as he dispatched a 77th minute penalty to see off a combative Dragons side and nudge the province to the top of the GUINNESS PRO12.
Ulster are back at Kingspan Stadium for their rescheduled GUINNESS PRO12 date with the Dragons. And with a run of home games to come, Les Kiss' men know how important this fixture could be in terms of building momentum through the Six Nations period.
Munster Rugby have confirmed that Duncan Casey has signed a two-year contract extension, Greencore Academy player Sean McCarthy has secured a one-year development contract and Ulster talent Sam Arnold will join the province on a two-year deal.
Stuart Olding will make his first Ulster senior appearance in ten months when he lines out at inside centre for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 clash with Benetton Treviso at Stadio di Monigo (kick-off 6pm local time/5pm Irish time).
An eight-try demolition of Oyonnax gave Ulster their best possible chance of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals, with the runaway victory, try-scoring bonus point and final pool points differential of 60 applying intense pressure on their round 6 rivals.
Opening up a fascinating final round in Saturday's early kick-off, Ulster must complete the double over Oyonnax - with a four-try bonus point to boot - in order to put pressure on their rivals for those coveted Champions Cup quarter-final spots.
Stuart Olding will make his long-awaited return to competitive action on Friday night when he lines out for Ulster 'A' in their British & Irish Cup round 6 clash with Bristol at Ashton Gate (kick-off 7.45pm).
Ulster fell short of derailing Saracens' 100% Champions Cup run at Allianz Park, with scores from Luke Marshall and Ian Humphreys no match for yet another four-try display from Mark McCall's impressive side.
Having pulled off a remarkable comeback against Oyonnax last week, Ulster's next challenge is closing the gap on Pool 1 pacesetters Saracens as they look to avenge November's heavy home defeat to Mark McCall's men.
"It was a moment when we had to stand up and take responsibility, and to a man the players all put their hands up," admitted Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss, as he reflected on their memorable 24-23 comeback victory over Oyonnax.
Paddy Jackson's 77th-minute penalty capped an incredible Ulster comeback at Stade Charles Mathon this afternoon as the province overcame a 23-point deficit to keep their European dreams very much alive.