Leinster captain Leo Cullen believes that the squad are heading into an exciting but season-defining few weeks starting with the visit of Connacht on Saturday.
The Dublin club dropped to sixth in the standings last week following a 27-19 loss to Ulster, who lead the way with a perfect record with 11 games played.
Connacht are the visitors to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and the 34-year-old has called for his team-mates to grind out some 'big results' and close the gap on the teams above them.
"From our perspective we have to try and build some momentum coming into a busy next few weeks which will go a long way to defining the rest of the season," Cullen told the club's official website.
"We need some big results and we need to try and get some more rhythm to our play. We need to be more careful about giving quality sides easy opportunities to keep the scoreboard ticking over. These kinds of games are won and lost over the finest of margins.
"We learned a few harsh lessons over in the Sportsground last time out against Connacht. They brought greater physicality to the game and they dominated us in that regard in Galway. We can't allow them to have that kind of an upper hand again.
"So as 2012 draws to a close and we move into a new year, it's still all to play for. My first wish is that we get a few more points on the board. When we get a few more bodies on the deck that will boost competition for places because we've been disrupted through the first half of the season and we have lacked a bit of fluency thus far.
"Ulster are racing clear at the top of the table and they're going to be very hard to rein in, so we need to dig deep to get back into the top four. Then we travel to Edinburgh in the PRO12 before facing Scarlets at home in Europe and then travel to Exeter Chiefs where they have a great record at home.
"By the end of January we'll know our fate and we have a bit of ground to catch up on. And, for us, that process starts this weekend."