Well it is back sort of. The top panel is white and some apps in the bottom panel are white.
I just removed gnome-shell-common which was the last remaining gnome* version 3.8.2 thing I had installed.
Removed it via SPM also and it took gnome-tweak-tool with it.
Not sure what to make of it now. I'll reboot and see.
cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-panel
*** 1:3.6.2-0ubuntu4 0
500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy/universe amd64 Packages