Ulster remain on course to avenge their Heineken Cup final defeat against Leinster last season after taking a big step towards a home quarter-final with a 23-6 victory over Glasgow Warriors.
The Irish side were aided by Northampton's failure to secure a bonus point in their win against Castres, allowing Ulster to secure top spot in Pool 4 and at the very least a place in the last eight - the only matter left for debate is whether they can secure a quarter-final tie at Ravenhill.
I felt Nick Williams' tenth-minute try typified what needed to be a tenacious - if not stylish - performance against their fellow Rabo Direct Pro12 opponents from Scotland, with the No8 doggedly going for a pick up and drive, battering his way across the tryline.
It continued the New Zealanders superb form this season, but there was undoubted bad news for Ulster when he hobbled off with a knee problem on Friday - it's since been confirmed that he'll be out for eight weeks.
Back to the action, and I can imagine for most Ulster supporters it will have been a frustrating conclusion to the Pool 4 tie after making the breakthrough in the 20th minute. For me, it was obvious Ulster failed to kick on from a great start and were nearly punished by the visitors.
Glasgow are a limited side but pegged Ulster back with Duncan Weir's two penalties eroding away at the home side's lead, before Jared Payne and Darren Cave put the result to rest with late, late tries for Ireland's northern province.
I can understand why there may have been a negative reaction to a less than convincing result from Ulster - it was a performance which failed to match others from the start of the season - but I would not be concerned about their Heineken Cup hopes.
They were the only unbeaten side in Europe until suffering what could be described as a surprise loss to Northampton Saints at Ravenhill, losing 10-9 to the Aviva Premiership outfit.
But in some ways, the defeat released pressure which had been building on the Red Hand province. Going into the knockout stage with a record to protect would have burdened Ulster - as if the task of reaching the last four wasn't pressure enough!
It was also a valuable reality check. If Ulster react in the right manner to the setback, it should cut out all complacency after a stellar start to the campaign and given them a great chance of reaching the final in the Aviva Stadium come May.
For my money at least, Ulster have the best chance of any of the Irish provinces to win the Heineken Cup crown. Leinster and Munster both chalked up victories in their respective ties.
Were there negatives aside from the performance? Of course! Unfortunately for Ulster, their injury problems mounted with Williams out, and Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy both picking up knocks.
Add Stephen Ferries, Tommy Bowe, Luke Marshall and Adam D'Arcy to that list, plus Johann Muller and Dan Tuohy, and Ulster's medical team will be working overtime.
Victory is needed over Castres to secure that all-important home quarter-final. The French side are on a two-game losing streak and will presumably be keen to field a strong side to improve their form, but Ulster should have enough to get the job done.