Assistant coach, Neil Doak, insisted there was no danger of complacency as Ulster returned to the RaboDirect PRO12 on the back of two huge victories in Europe.
Cardiff Blues are the visitors to Ravenhill on Friday night and they come to Belfast on a high after defeating the current European champions, Toulon, last weekend.
“Any side that can turn over the Heineken Cup holders cannot be taken lightly,” said Doak.
“We had two good results in Europe. We have had a few good weeks in all, so we do not want to take our eye off things as we get closer to the Autumn break.”
Having beaten the Ospreys in Swansea, defeated the English champions Leicester Tigers comfortably in Belfast and produced a stunning display to win in Montpellier, there is always the danger complacency might set in.
Doak said: “Interestingly this week at one of the squad group meetings, it was the players who had brought up the fact that they needed to stay focused.
“They were talking the need to be sharp at training and not to be taking anything lightly in the build-up to the game.”
Doak admitted that the task ahead was a difficult one.
“Cardiff were obviously disappointed after losing to Exeter but then to get a win over the European champions was a huge confidence booster for them.
“They’ve gone through a little bit of restructuring regarding their coaches and they’ve been trying to find their feet again and it’s something we spoke about earlier on that we can’t take anything lightly.”
“We’ve had two good weeks and we don’t want to take our eye off the ball before the autumn break and keep things going.”
“I would assume Cardiff will have a full side but I’m not sure what the Welsh player management policy is but I can’t see the Lions boys not playing.”
Doak added: “I think this week is about being properly prepared mentally.
“We had a disappointing start to the season but we want to finish off as strongly as possible for the autumn break.”
While there were a couple of changes to the side that won in France last week to the Ulster line-up, the big surprise came at fullback where Stuart Olding was named as the starter.
The youngster admitted himself that he thought he was on the bench again when the team was read out and Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall were named as the starting outhalf and inside centre.
“I was really pleased then to hear my name come out at 15,” he said.
Olding added: “It is a position that I really enjoy playing. I was fullback for Ireland Under-20s at the Six Nations and Junior World Championship.
“I am confident there and I really looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”
It will be Olding first game at fullback in an Ulster shirt and it allows Jared Payne to move to outside centre, where he has featured strongly this year.
The only other change to the team which started last week sees Callum Black come in at loosehead.
Darren Cave and Tom Court move to the bench.
Ulster: S Olding, A Trimble, J Payne, L Marshall, T Bowe, P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Best, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (Captain), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, R Wilson.
Replacements: R Herring, T Court, J Afoa, L Stevenson, M McComish, P Marshall, D Cave, M Allen.