Leinster find themselves in a very different situation as to 12 months ago. They've gone from being a team that was knocked out of the Champions Cup Pool Stages in 2016 - to potential title winners since this time last year.
So it's only right that there is an positive atmosphere around the camp this week, as they prepare to face Clermont in France on Sunday.
However, there are some fresh injury concerns for Leo Cullen and co, who this morning confirmed that Mike McCarthy, who has been capped 19 times by Ireland, will miss the rest of the season with a back and an elbow problem.
The 36 year old had surgery in recent days on a disc injury in his back and although recovering well will not be back in time for the end of season run-in. The lock is also seeking further intervention for an injury to his elbow.
Dave Kearney is also out for the upcoming game, after the winger rolled his ankle in the win over Connacht at the weekend.
However Steward Lancaster was staying optimistic and positive during this mornings press-conference, saying that there is a good "buzz" among players who are determined to book a place in the Champions Cup final in Edinburgh in just a few weeks.
Cullen and co are expected to give another injury update towards the end of the week, when were should hear the faith of a number of fringe players.
Leinster take on Clermont this Sunday in the Champions Cup.