Northampton boss Jim Mallinder believes his side can improve on their 2012/13 showing by winning the Premiership title this season.
The Saints marched to their first league showpiece in May but were eventually downed 37-17 by Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.
If they are to get there again they will be looking to get a quick start, just as they did last season by winning their first five games.
A mid-season slump saw them exit both the LV= Cup and Heineken Cup and slip to sixth but they recovered to storm into the play-offs and stun Saracens 27-13 in the semi-finals.
It was a campaign that will live long in the memory for Saints fans but Mallinder wants to create more history.
"Seasons are always rollercoasters and there are always highs and lows," said Mallinder.
"We had a cracking start to the season and we went through a bit of a lull mid-season and then we came through it at the end and made it through to our first grand final so it was a tremendous experience and it's left us wanting more and motivated us to see if we can go one step further.
"There will be times this season when things don't go exactly as you want. That's when you have to stick together and keep working hard and keep doing the things you know work and hopefully you'll come through. That happened last season and hopefully it will happen this season.
"I think the expectation at Northampton is the same as the top few teams that are always there.
"The crowd come and they attend in really good numbers and they want to see a winning team.
"So the expectation is always there. For us the challenge is to get the potential of the new signings turned into excellent new signings."
Expectations at Franklin's Gardens will be raised by the summer recruits, most notably British and Irish Lion George North.
The Welsh wing will be the star attraction but Mallinder claims it will be the full Saints squad that will need to step up to the plate.
"It's trying to get as strong a squad as you possibly can," he added.
"Nowadays 15 players or 23 players don't win championships and trophies.
"So you need a big squad and you need your top players but we'll know we'll be without those players for quite long periods so we need to know that when those players are away the squad is strong enough to step in and win some games and bring points back."