Boss Mike Cudmore admitted he was breathing a huge sigh of relief at signs that his team can compete in the second tier of English rugby, despite another loss.
In the end, they were well beaten by Cornish Pirates in Saturday's home debut, outscored by five tries to two in a 31-17 defeat.
But after a hammering last week at Rotherham, that represented green and white shoots of recovery for the Trailfinders.
“There are massive positives today compared to last week,” said Ealing's director or rugby.
“After last week, the players will have been looking at themselves and asking 'are we a competitive side and can we cope?'
"Today, I think not only did we cope, but we should have got something out of the game. That in itself is a huge tick in the box for everyone involved.
“We knew we had a lot to work on after last weekend and I think we achieved that in training this week.
Cudmore continued: “My first thought, looking back on the day is that it was a great spectacle. The crowd was fantastic. The ground looks great and I thought we played some rugby today.
"That's the first time we've done that this season and I thought we tested them and put them under pressure.
“I think what we've got to do now is to look a bit at our platform in games at set pieces – I thought that let us down a little bit today. We missed numerous opportunities to put even more pressure on them. But in general, based on what we saw last week, we were miles better and I thought we at deserved at least point.”
Ealing's boss added: “In the Championship, you know that if you make mistakes, they'll punish you. Their first two tries didn't come about because of what they created, it was down to our mistakes.
“But that's what we're up against and that's what we've got to learn from and I do think we are doing that. Every time we go out there, we learn a bit more and get a bit better."