The Brumbies won't get ahead of themselves despite strengthening their position at the top of the table after Friday's win over the Highlanders.
That was the word from the Canberra-based franchise's coach, Jake White, who said he always expected a difficult task against their opponents who are the tournament's bottom-placed team.
White expressed his delight after his side beat the Highlanders 30-19 in Dunedin.
"I said when I landed here that to win in New Zealand is not easy," White said.
"A mate just sent me a text and said remember this is a marathon, not a sprint in the tournament. That sums up exactly where we are.
"Little wins like this add up, but there's a long way to go before we get to the play-offs.
"Last week [against the Kings] just showed that if you're not at the top of your game, you can be turned around quickly."
Despite failing to secure a try-scoring bonus-point White is not complaining.
"This is just a win ... we would have taken a 3-0 win but to score three tries and win by 11 points is a massive boost for us," he added.
"What I'm really proud of is there's a massive turn in the way we presented ourselves after last week and everyone could see the effort levels rise."