Aston Villa go into tonight's Premier League encounter with Blackburn Rovers in buoyant mood and knowing that a fourth successive win would catapult the side into the top five for the first time this season.
But Villa manager Martin O'Neill has warned his young troops to prepare for a tough test at Ewood Park where Rovers' boss Mark Hughes has created a strong and successful side.
The match also throws up an interesting reunion between O'Neill and Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage, who was one of the Northern Irishman's best buys during his days as boss at Leicester City.
O'Neill, who has led his side to back to back victories over Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough, said: "Confidence is high but we are not getting carried away. That is three wins in a row now and I am pleased we have won some games but also that we have won some games away from home.
"Blackburn are an excellent side and one of the most attacking in the Premier League out-side the top four.
"They can pass it and they can mix it when they want to. All credit to the manager - he has done a wonderful job but I am hoping they will feel they are in for a tough time themselves."
O'Neill said he is not concerned that Blackburn in the past have had a reputation as a tough-tackling side.
He said: "I believe some teams earn a reputation rather too easily and it can stay with you for a fairly lengthy time.
"Don't get me wrong, they can look after themselves but they are a very decent team - no question about it and they are up there in the league on merit."
O'Neill said he was looking forward to meeting up again with Savage, whom he signed for Leicester for £400,000 from Crewe in 1997 and who missed the two games with Villa against Blackburn last season through injury.
O'Neill said: "This is the first time I will have seen him and I am looking forward to it. When I signed him at Leicester he was a relative snip and went on to be worth his weight in gold.
"There were rumours at the time he had had a falling out with then manager Dario Gradi and he broke into our side and when we were strong in midfield at Leicester it was always when he was playing alongside Neil Lennon and Muzzy Izzet.
"Sav has proved himself. He has played a lot of Premiership games and I am delighted for him. "
O'Neill said he was sure if Savage played against Villa - a side he loved to hate during his time at Birmingham City - he would play competitively and get stuck in just as he always does.
"He always does terrifically well and I certainly won't be talking to my players about him in particular or making any special mention of him." said O'Neill. "If he plays against us I will be delighted for him.
"Sav has a terrific engine and he can go on for ever - that helps him enormously and he is a real character."
O'Neill urged fans not to run away with the notion that Villa are on course for Europe even though they will be joint fifth with Chelsea if they win tonight.
"We had roughly the same number of points at this stage last season and we had a very poor period," he said. "We didn't have the squad and we probably don't have the strength in depth this time which is something I have to address.
"But we could lose three or four on the trot again and so I wouldn't start getting carried away with anything.
"We have got a bit of quality about us now and we are capable of scoring goals which I wasn't convinced was in our make up last season.
"We are making progress now, the younger players are coming on terrifically well and I am absolutely delighted with that."
O'Neill has just one injury doubt ahead of tonight's match - young midfielder Isaiah Osbourne has flu.
Blackburn currently lie in ninth place in the Premier League, two places but just one point behind Villa.
In last season's Premier League fixture, Villa won the first encounter at Villa Park 2-0 and then beat Rover 2-1 at Ewood in November.
Rovers will be virtually at full strength tonight, with South African striker Benni McCarthy pronounced fit despite limping off with a badly gashed leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday
Matt Derbyshire is back after a thigh strain and David Dunn from suspension, while Paraguay international Roque Santa Cruz had a well-deserved rest at the weekend.
"Villa are playing well and have a good threat up front with John Carew, who is a handful, and a lot of pace in and around him," said Hughes. "They are nice and solid at the back as well.
"But our home form has been great this season and it is key to us having a good season."