Cardiff Blues boss Danny Wilson was honest in his assessment of his team's performance after they edge out Zebre 23-21 away from home.
The win moves the Blues joint top of the PRO12 after four rounds, tied with Ulster.
However victory at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi didn't come easily for Wilson's side, who eventually triumphed thanks to tries from Blaine Scully, Matthew Morgan and Tom James combined with the boot of Steven Shingler.
"The boys summed it up in the changing room. Our leaders spoke and said we've come away with a win which was the important thing but it was not as good a performance as we have come to expect," Wilson told the Blues website.
"We were a little bit sloppy in patches but when we stuck to the game plan we scored three good tries. When we got carried away and lost the ball in the final third against a decent defence we ended up camped in our own 22.
"There are positives to take but we definitely need to look to improve the performance going into Leinster next week.
"We don't underestimate coming here. It's a bit different to playing the Italian sides at home, they maybe don't travel consistently but here they are a very different side and a tough side to beat.
"It's a long season, there are a lot of tough games and we will have blips along the way whether losses or a poor performance. Today was an average performance but a win and we have to take the positives from that.
"We're four out of four going into a home game and if you had offered me that at the start of the season I would have bitten your hand off."