The performance curve will have to move upwards again if Ulster are to achieve a win in Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday afternoon against Montpellier.
The Irish Province have been better and better in each game this season and wins over Ospreys (away) in the RaboPRO12 and Leicester Tigers (home) in last week’s Heineken Cup Pool Five opener were significant victories.
It is obviously a pleasing factor for Ulster head coach, Mark Anscombe, to see his side show improvement with every performance.
But the New Zealander knows it has to be even better again on Saturday when they take on the fancied French side, already tipped to take the honours in Pool Five.
Leicester Tigers moved top of the table with a 34-3 bouns point win on Friday night over Benetton Treviso at Welford Road.
They now have a two lead on the French and Irish clubs, who are currently level on four points ahead of today’s game.
It means the outcome of Saturday afternoon’s game gives the victors control of Pool Five.
Anscombe said: “It is fairly simple to work it out. We can either be group leaders or lie in third place after this game.
“There was pressure last week because our first game was at home and against one of the contenders for the honours.
“We achieved our objective and as I said if we can win every game then we win the pool - I am not going to get weighed down with chat about losing bonus points and try bonus points.
“It is important to get points up there - but this is not a sprint.
“It would of course be nice to go into the break with two wins. That certainly makes things easier as you are not having to chase others.
“However, being in third does not put you out of it.
“Montpellier will be thinking the same thing no doubt, so it does add to the game.”