Gloucester captain Greig Laidlaw believes his side's defence is what will set them apart from their competitors this season in the Aviva Premiership.
Gloucester takes on a strong Leicester Tigers on Friday and his side are hoping to get their season off with a win.
"We're not getting ahead of ourselves because it is the first game of the Premiership and everyone is level pegging," Laidlaw told GloucestershireLive.
"It is tough to get the wins at any time in this type of competition and, while Leicester will be a threat right across the field, we will need to be on our guard.
"Our defence got a good workout against a strong Glasgow team last week and we will have to be able to do that again at times when Leicester have us under pressure.
"We defended well last year and maybe coughed up a few opportunities too, so it was really pleasing on Friday that, while we defended for so long, when we had opportunities we were able to take them."
The Scottish international says he is in peak physical condition and is brimming with confidence after a great preseason.
"I personally felt strong and fit. Getting a try is always nice and I think it was good that we scored a variety of different tries," Laidlaw said.
"In the Premiership, there will be ebbs and flows, there will be times that you are under pressure and you just have to accept that."