Not many teams leave Ravenhill with a win, but the second-string Ospreys muscled their way to a 20-12 victory that Holley says is a turning point in their season.
"We didn't start the season well, probably because we were in a new home and we had a lot of injuries to key players, but I think you've seen the real Ospreys in the last couple of weeks," he said. "The win in Ulster was brilliant - we had about a dozen players missing, but the other guys really dug deep. Not many teams will win in Ulster this season and it was a very nice feeling to return with the points."
Holley said the defending champions had no intention of taking their hands off the Celtic League trophy just yet.
"We're about sixth on the table and I think a lot of the top teams will take points off each other. And looking at the draw, about seven of our last 10 games are at home. We know we can't afford to lose too many more games, but it's a bit early to write us off just yet.
"Our next game is the Powergen Cup match against Bristol on December 2, and - touch wood - we should have a full compliment of players back by then. The likes of Gavin Henson and Ryan Jones are targeting that match, and I don't think many teams will be looking forward to playing us when all our players are fit."
Outside-half Shaun Connor - who is enjoying the best season of his career - was again the Ospreys' hero on Friday night. He slotted four penalty goals and a clever dropped goal to compliment the effort of scrum-half Jason Spice, who scored the only try of a hard-fought match.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series