Although his side are unbeaten after four matches, Hurricanes boss Chris Boyd is not getting carried away and feels there's plenty of room for improvement.
The tabletoppers secured a hard-fought 30-23 bonus-point victory over the struggling Blues in Palmerston North on Friday but Boyd believes things could have been very different if his side had made the most of their dominance early on.
"The first 20 minutes we were a shoelace away from converting a lot of pressure and territory in to points but we didn't get it," he said.
"They got the intercept and suddenly the game became a contest.
"The disappointing thing after that was we went a little soft around the rucks and mauls for a period of time and let them back in.
"We are delighted to get the five points, but far from happy with our performance really."
The Blues are rooted to the bottom of the table and are winless after five matches. Despite another loss, their coach Sir John Kirwan saw plenty of positives and praised his players for the commitment they displayed.
"The boys are beaten up in there," he said.
"They were totally committed. I'm so proud of them, but we just can't win a trick. We have to just keep working hard.
"The courage and commitment is there from the guys and it will turn around."