Ulster set up a home quarter-final against Saracens on Saturday after victory at Leicester Tigers ensured the Irish province completed the group stage with their 100 per cent record intact.
South African Ruan Pienaar scored all 22 points as the RaboDirect Pro12 leaders ran out 22-19 winners against the Tigers, ensuring that they would have the luxury of playing their last-eight clash at Ravenhill.
With home advantage on their side, Ulster can further strengthen their hopes of making it an unbeaten Heineken Cup campaign if they beat Saracens, with the reward a semi-final at their 18,000-capacity stadium, currently being redeveloped, or the Aviva.
Ulster have already completed the relatively rare achievement of winning all six of their pool games - but can Chris Anscombe's men become the first side to make a clean sweep of wins in their European campaign?
As already mentioned, Ulster's prize for getting past Saracens will be a clash against Leicester or Clermont. Ireland's northern province have already won home and away against the Aviva Premiership side, so would fancy their chances against the Tigers.
What a marker it would be, too, to beat Sarries after being knocked out by the English side at the same stage last year. Crucially, Ulster have key players in form, like Pienaar, whereas as last year, the 1999 champions looked decidedly rusty.
Anscombe's men have won in England and France this season, and vitally, don't appear to be on the brink of burnout, like they did last term. It is all set up for a serious title at the title.
As is to be expected, the Ulster head coach played down such talk, for now at least: "Going through the pool unbeaten is something to be proud of. But also to go to two places like Montpellier and Leicester and having away wins is pretty satisfying."
He added: "Look, we've got a big job ahead of us against Saracens and they did a job on us last time. It's not about revenge, it's just about being better and growing. We'll worry about that in about five to six weeks time."
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