Martin Corry has adopted a " winning is everything" approach ahead of England's season-opener against Australia as the world champions try to forget their Six Nations Championship debacle last term.
With the imposing All Blacks looming large, England cannot afford any slipups at Twickenham on Saturday when they tackle a Wallabies outfit reeling from six successive defeats.
And England skipper Corry knows it, with his players requiring a moraleboosting victory ahead of the formidable challenge New Zealand will present.
"Performance is important, but to be fair, I will take a 6-3 result," said Leicester No 8 Corry, who has retained leadership duties for England's penultimate campaign before making their 2007 World Cup defence.
"We are all about winning and that is where we have got to get back to. We are not going to settle for second best and say it is a learning curve for us.
"We want to go out there and we want to get the result, so I think pressure from within the camp is far greater than what is going on outside it."
England have won only 50 per cent of their games since Andy Robinson succeeded Sir Clive Woodward as head coach a year ago. The Red Rose had wilted with losses to Australia, Wales, France and Ireland, with two of those setbacks coming at one-time fortress Twickenham.
So there is huge pressure on Corry and company to deliver against the Wallabies, who have beaten England twice in succession since Jonny Wilkinson booted their 2003 World Cup hopes into oblivion.
"Coming into a new series, especially on the back of what happened in last season's Six Nations, gives us a chance to put a lot of things right," Corry added.
"Against Australia last year (England lost 21-19), we got ourselves in a position to win the game, but we let it slip.
"That hurts like hell, but the great thing with these autumn internationals is that we've got a second opportunity and a chance to put things right.
"It goes without saying that the Australia game last season was very disappointing and the Six Nations was very poor by our standards. We've got to get back to the situation whereby when we play at Twickenham, we expect to win.
"We know how games should be won and what needs to be done to get on the right side of the victory."
Corry leads a side boosted by the return of his fellow World Cup winners Ben Cohen, Mike Tindall, Matt Dawson and Phil Vickery and England will start as favourites, despite last season's difficulties when South Africa, Canada, Scotland and Italy were their only scalps.
Australia suffered a Tri-Nations whitewash earlier this year and a 26-16 reversal against France in Marseilles last weekend simply increased the heat on Wallabies coach Eddie Jones and captain George Gregan.
Corry, though, has never featured in a winning England team against Australia and refuses to believe the Wallabies should be written off, unlike Aussie wing legend David Campese, whose criticism of Gregan this week has proved unrelenting.
"We are not paying too much attention to what has been said about Australia," said Corry.
"We've done a lot of analysis on the France-Australia game and I thought Australia played very well.
"It was just the final pass didn't go for them, while the French defence was excellent. If you put those two factors as being comparable, then they are two very equally matched sides.
"What you get from an Australian side, whether it be in cricket or rugby, is you get a side that battles to the death.
"That's what the Australians did in the Ashes this summer, but hopefully we can emulate what our cricketers did then and come out on top."
England toppled Australia five times in a row between 2000 and 2003, culminating with the World Cup triumph, and a return to such dominance is the aim for Corry's men, starting this weekend, which means New Zealand's Twickenham visit on November 19 barely warrants a mention.
"We can't look too far ahead," said Corry.
"If we take an eye off Australia, they are going to come and sting us, and that is something we are not prepared to do."