Exeter winger Nic Sestaret says a good performance in their Amlin Challenge Cup match at Perpignan will stand the club in good stead for the Premiership.
Exeter go to the south of France off the back of five defeats in six games.
"Last year we went away to Bourgoin which was a very intimidating place to go," Sestaret told BBC Radio Devon.
"We had a great experience from that game and we played very well after and we dealt with the Premiership a little bit better."
"If you get a good result there, even if you lose, it's a great experience for the future in the Premiership," said Sestaret, who has not made head coach Rob Baxter's squad for the match at the Stade Aime Giral.
Baxter has made two changes to the starting 15 with England Saxons flanker Tom Johnson dropped in favour of Ben White while Josh Tatupu starts at centre after Sireli Naqelevuki broke his arm.
"You learn how to be a little bit tougher and stay focused on what you have to do and need to do on the pitch," Sestaret said.
"Perpignan normally play in the Heineken Cup and they're used to the big games and I think it will be tough.
"They will want to start very well because they haven't played very well for the past three or four games."