Northampton Saints fly-half Ryan Lamb says that both his and the team's performance in the win over Exeter Chiefs can launch the season.
Saints were 33-3 winners at Franlin's Gardens, ending a run of four defeats.
"There's been a lot of external pressure to get the win. We knew we were a good side and we wanted to prove that," Lamb told BBC Radio Northampton.
"I wanted to put my hand up, especially with Stephen Myler playing so well and hopefully we'll compete all year."
He continued: "We wanted tempo in the game - that was a big message all week.
"Our forwards worked their socks off and it was good to reward them with a few points."
The former Gloucester and London Irish player also paid tribute to the club's supporters.
"The fans have been fantastic and so supportive, even when we were going through that slump," he said.
"It's a real rugby town - you can feel that. As long as can kick on from here, and don't disappoint them too much, I'm sure they'll stick with us."