Dragons boss Lyn Jones believes the only way is up for his new team after they defeated Ulster.
A miserable 2012-2013 campaign saw the Dragons finish in 11th spot, with only new Italian side Zebre beneath them.
With plenty of new faces though joining the squad in the off-season, along with signing Lions number eight Toby Faletau to a new contract extension, Jones believes the win over Ulster can prove to be a springboard.
"There's a lot better to come from us. But we don't want to get carried away because we need to keep our feet on the floor," Jones told the BBC.
"We will play a lot worse teams than Ulster this season. That took a lot out of us [but] this group is growing.
"These boys have been on their backsides last season and [the Ulster game] was a tap on the back for them.
"I'm sure we can finish higher than 11th this season."
Jones also reserved credit for new fly-half Jason Tovey. Signed from Cardiff Blues, along with another fly-half in former Italy international Kristopher Burton, Tovery made an instant impact on his Dragons debut.
"I've always been a big fan of Jason Tovey since I came here first. I think he's a very good player and he proved that [against Ulster]," added Jones.
"He knows how to control a game, he knows how to run a game. His defence work is excellent and his attacking game is improving and his kicking game is top draw.
"He's got all the bits for a top quality player. I'm a big fan of his and make no secret of that.
"Kris Burton is an excellent player. We made a decision to start with Jason and we didn't pull him off. The game was too intense and too tight to bring a different set of half-backs on.
"Kris will have his chance and he brings a lot of qualities to a game. His kicking game is quite outstanding. But that's where we need to be. We need to have strength in depth and we need to be brave enough to change selection around.
"We've got Edinburgh next week and Scarlets the week after, which is a huge game for us."