After a punishing run of six games in six weeks coming out of the Six Nations, fixtures in the Ulster calendar are starting to feel the exception rather than the rule.
For a time the big games, in two competitions and across two continents, just kept coming. Derbies, European clashes and key trips to fellow play-chasers were a steady diet for months but now the side have had to get used to playing the waiting game.
Twenty days were between the win over Edinburgh and Friday's beating of the Sharks. After Monday's confirmation that Munster's visit for a quarter-final will be under the Friday night lights on June 3, it'll be 14 between that nervier-than-it-should-have-been win over the South Africans and next taking the pitch.
Interested observers when Leinster meet La Rochelle in the Champions Cup final on Saturday, for Dan McFarland and his team all the focus will already be on a rematch with Munster.
Twice already in this calendar year the southern province have beaten their northern neighbours and nobody in the Ravenhill dressing room will need to be reminded how it felt to fall so flat in the Belfast leg of the interpro double only last month.
That game, coming just a week after Toulouse had knocked Ulster out of Europe in heartbreaking fashion, always felt like it was played under the cover of an unwanted cloud, a lingering hangover from the Champions Cup disappointments stretching across its horizon. Ulster were gallant in defeat against the reigning champions, but gutted to have come out on the wrong side of a two-legged affair that was there for their taking.
Victory there and Munster would have already played a quarter-final in BT6 this season, a repeat of the 2012 last eight tie, but with location reversed, having been on offer if Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack et al could have been silenced for just a few minutes more.
Instead, Toulouse would advance past Ulster and slip beyond Munster in even more narrow fashion, needing penalty kicks to go through in the Aviva.
What Leinster did to them back at the same ground in the semi-finals has, of course, offered an ominous reminder of the levels Leo Cullen's men can reach on their day and how hard they will be to prevent picking up a fifth title in succession.
That, though, is a concern for another day. If Ulster are to meet the boys in the blue for a third time this season, it will be after advancing to the league final for a first time since 2020. Munster, and then perhaps another long-haul trip to Cape Town to meet the Stormers, must be taken care of before all that.
If there is a sense that Ulster have righted the ship since a run of four losses in five games threatened to derail their season, Dan McFarland will know that the performances in wins over Edinburgh and the Sharks have plenty of the ingredients required for silverware but neither were the complete dish.
That maintaining their levels across the entire 80 minutes will be a prerequisite is a straightforward place to start. While it is natural that any game will have swings of momentum, and any performance contains peaks and troughs, if there is a criticism to be made of Ulster this season it's that those slumps can either be too long or too damaging.
Friday night was not the first time since the turn of the year that one was left watching the end of one of their games left wondering just how the result was in question.
Clermont at home and Toulouse away were also both the sort of wins that will surely have had Dan McFarland pondering why any coach would put themselves through it.
When the season reaches this point, opposition teams are too good to be given footholds back into games and be expected to let them slip by. While those aforementioned examples saw Ulster hold on - although, of course, in the case of Toulouse the quelled comeback would still prove vital in the second-leg - one can only imagine how long the summer would feel if such a commanding lead was to be surrendered in a knock-out game.
A ruthless streak is required in such games, snuffing out opposition hope before it has had time to blossom. Games are hard enough won once, there's no need to leave yourself having to do it twice.
That Ulster did hold on to secure victory, and with it the right to host this upcoming last eight tie, was in no small part down to the work of man of the match Nick Timoney. It was he, in tandem with Duane Vermeulen, who disrupted the Sharks ball when needed most, providing momentum sapping turnovers at the breakdown to ensure Ulster got the edge in what is with ever more frequency seeming to be the most defining aspect of many a contest.
The back-rower spoke afterwards about how, by the age of 26, he'd have wanted to win leagues and Champions Cup titles and have scores of caps for Ireland, revealing that keeping that "chip on the shoulder" is the only way to maintain the competitive hunger required to succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of top-level rugby.
Capped twice by Andy Farrell in the past 12 months, he can fill only one of those gaps he perceives to be on his CV in the weeks ahead where a URC title with Ulster would represent a first trophy since winning the Leinster Schools' Cup in the colours of Blackrock College.
While it won't get him to the "20 or 30 caps" he mentioned on Friday, there seems little doubt that should the league's leading tackler get the better of a back-row battle headed by Peter O'Mahony next Friday, then the chances for more opportunities in green on the summer's tour to New Zealand would increase exponentially too.
During this third down week in four, the wait for it may seem long, but already that looks a head-to-head to savour.