Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter said that his side knew that failing to pick up any points from their match with Bordeaux-Bègles would have made life difficult.
After a loss to the Ospreys the Sunday before Exeter responded in style, scoring four tries for a bonus point win over their French visitors to Sandy Park.
"If we hadn't have got something out of this game it would have been very hard for us and made it a very disappointing campaign. But now we have got something to play for in the next game, which is what we wanted," Baxter told the EPC Rugby website.
"We will have to put in a better performance than that when we play Clermont in the next round. When we had tempo in the game we were at our best, but when the pace dropped it suited them and they scored some tries.
"But overall I'm very pleased with the way the team played and one we got into our game we looked very good. We wanted a good performance and we're delighted at getting five points.
"We tried to be a little bit greedy too early in the game. The way to get bonus points is to build the score and build the pressure and it was very important for us."
Baxter reserved special praise for winger Olly Woodburn, who scores his first points for the club with two tries and also made a crucial try-saving tackle.
Baxter added: "He's settled in well since joining from Bath and I think we're going to see the best from him after he's spent more time at the club. He took his two tries well and took his chance well," added Baxter.