Martin Laursen was delighted to help set Aston Villa on their way to victory over Derby County but immediately urged his team-mates and the supporters not to run away with the notion of European football - just yet.
Laursen is currently collecting man of the match awards this season like petrol coupons and was a worthy nominee again against Billy Davies's side, scoring Villa's vital opener and putting in another assured display at the back.
Villa's win put them back into the Premier League's top ten and within touching distance of those elusive European places but Laursen feels it is far too early to be thinking about where the team might or might not be come May.
The victory was his side's fifth home league win of the season but certainly not one of their finest performances and Laursen believes the side should for now just be taking one game at a time.
The Denmark international is one the few players in manager Martin O'Neill's youthful side to have tasted European action.
The former AC Milan star, who is enjoying the best form of his career after almost a season out with a debilitating knee injury, said: "When I was with AC Milan I played in a few Champions League games and in my first season we were in the Uefa Cup. It was important and it was special.
"Here every game in England is big but there is a special atmosphere at these games in Europe. It is like when you play for your country.
"It is a special thing to be able to go out and play for your club in Europe. It is too early to say we can do that with Villa. I don't like to talk about these things when it is so early because it is not good luck."
He continued: "Aston Villa is a big club so I think players can get a lot out of playing for this club.
"We have a good side and we can achieve something. We just have to keep going, work hard and don't let our heads run away with thoughts of can we get into Europe, yet.
"In my experience you have to take one game at a time. I hope we can do that."
Laursen has now scored three goals in five games.
"It was very nice to score again," he said. "When you work on hard on something in training and then you get results it is great.
"The manager doesn't demand a set number of goals off defenders but it is important in the modern game that we get something out of set pieces because sometimes it is difficult for strikers to score.
"It is hard for them to play against good defenders so it is nice to be able to contribute a goal from a set piece."
Team-mate Stiliyan Petrov shared Laursen's view that Villa need to take it steady and not get carried away, particularly as the win over Derby was not particularly convincing.
"We knew it was going to be a hard game," said the midfielder. "We knew if we scored early in the game it would make it easy for us and that if we didn't it would be more difficult.
"But we had to make it happen because of the way they played first half. We were completely different second half.
"We were more direct, we kept the ball and in the end I think we deserved to be 2-0 up. "Once we got the goal we got more confidence and we showed more character in the second half. In the end we could have scored more."