Ulster hooker Rob Herring believes the side should have every faith they can go on and make history in the Champions Cup this season.
The 1999 winners finished the pool stages with four wins from four after beating Clermont 34-31 at Kingspan Stadium but have been handed a tough assignment in the last-16 where they’ll face reigning champions Toulouse over two legs.
Get through that, though, and their seeding means the prospective quarter-final would be played at home.
"I think this is a side where the expectation is rising,” said the Irish international. “I think previously like a couple of years ago when we just beat Clermont we were extremely happy with that where now the expectation is we should have closed that game out properly and put even more points on them.
“I think as the squad gets experience and we’re learning about how to deal with these knock-out stages we have to take that step forward. There is a lot of confidence in the squad at the moment, and I 100% believe we can go on and win it, but we have a long way to go still, the round of 16, the quarter-finals, there is still a lot of rugby to be played.”
Herring and eight of his Ulster team-mates now head off for the Six Nations.