Ulster boss Les Kiss hailed his side's performance in their win over Connacht and said the result could not be underestimated.
There was plenty of pressure on Ulster, ahead of their clash against the in-form tabletoppers, given they were in danger of missing out on the playoffs after losing three of their last four matches.
But victory over Connacht moves them in to fourth place in the standings on 55 points from 19 matches and the magnitude of the result was not lost on Kiss.
“Yes that was an important win,” he said Kiss.
“We now have to go to Zebre in two weeks time and do the job again. We are in the hunt still and we knew that this was a pretty important game in terms of that area.
“I am really proud of the guys they knew what was at stake and the work that they put in this week was crucial to get the result.
“They worked hard, they worked smart, they were physical and very determined to repay a lot of people here tonight and it was important to make that stand here.
“We played the best team in the competition at the moment, the momentum is all with them
“I thought we dominated it for long tracks of the game and we possibly should have got more out of it. But we can look at that and assess where that takes us. But the win is the win that is the important thing.”
Connacht played with 13 men inside the final 10 minutes when Shane O’Leary and Sean O’Brien were shown late yellow cards but Ulster were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage.
“Maybe we are not used to playing a rugby league team, or something like that,” added Kiss.
“We could have probably done better there, but first and foremost it was the win and we will dissect that as we usually do and look at whys and hows and how we can do that better.”