EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP: Worcester 41 Montauban 18
Worcester may have thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the fruitful fields of rugby's less-important cup competitions but it's time for Mike Ruddock's men to return to the barren plains of the Guinness Premiership.
Saturday's entertaining victory was their first home win of the season and extended their brief purple patch to three undefeated games.
And running in five tries past plucky Montauban would have cast away the miserable memory of that hefty beating that Ospreys dished out the last time the Warriors were on home soil.
But the serious business starts on Friday night when Sale Sharks roll into town and Ruddock looks to transfer his side's encour-aging cup form into their all-important domestic game.
For the time being, however, the Warriors' director of rugby is happy to revel in the fact that his team are riding high in Pool Two of the European Challenge Cup.
Fine individual performances from Marcel Garvey, Thinus Delport, Shane Drahm, Craig Gillies and Chris Pennell on Saturday will give Worcester some much-needed confidence ahead of their forthcoming showdown under the floodlights.
And with new arrivals Greg Rawlinson and Sam Tuitupou champing at the bit in the Sixways stands, slowly but surely a feel-good factor is starting to surface.
"We have been trying to get the boys to play rugby and a lot of that comes down to getting good quality possession and quick ball from the ruck," said Ruddock.
"We didn't always manage to do that but when we did we looked quite sharp and there was some good pace in our game.
"I thought Montauban mauled well, they looked a strong, organised outfit at times and when we let our guard down they punished us.
"The boys are pleased with the result but I still think there is another level in the tank but overall we will be fairly pleased because they
are not a bad outfit and I thought we battled hard. I was pleased we stopped them getting the bonus point in the end."
It was a hectic first half as the 6,876 Sixways crowd was treated to five tries but it didn't start brightly for the hosts.
Scotland star Scott Murray was giving Warriors a hard time in the line-outs while visiting fly half Fabien Fortassin handed the French the lead with a fourth-minute penalty.
But the nerves started to fade and, after Drahm had levelled terms, Worcester posted their first of five tries.
Full back Pennell started and finished an impressive move while Fijian Netani Talei continued his encouraging start to his Warriors career with his second try in as many starts.
Tries seem to be like buses for lock Gillies. The giant No 5 had waited more than 100 games to open his Worcester account three weeks ago and he doubled that tally just before the half-mark.
While Worcester were cruising, their French visitors weren't completely out of it and managed to claw back the 21-point deficit with two unconverted tries before the interval.
Flanker Yannick Caballero peeled off a maul to cross before winger Jean-Emmanuel Cassin raced on to a pass from his skipper, Marc Raynaud, to score.
The two tries sandwiched in a Drahm drop-goal to keep Worcester in the driving seat.
And the Australian fly half added a smart try to his impressive points haul shorty after the restart when a series of twists and turns saw him wriggle through the Montauban defence.
The game was won when Delport made the most of a stray pass from Raynaud which allowed the South African winger to dash 70 yards unchallenged and score.
With Pennell in the sin-bin for killing the ball, a late Denis Cech try gave Montauban hope of taking a bonus point back to south-west France but, added to Fortassin's zero per cent conversion record, it was Worcester who finished the happier.
WORCESTER WARRIORS: Pennell, Delport, Tucker, Crichton (Benjamin, 80), Garvey, Drahm (Carlisle, 80), Powell (Runciman, 80), Morris (Mullan, 61), Lutui (Fortey, 72), Taumoepeau, Murphy, Gilles (Bowley, 61), Wood, Sanderson, Talei (Horstmann, 76).
MONTAUBAN: Dalla-Riva, Cech, Smith, Audrin, Cassin (Jaouher, 56), Fortassin (Tesquet, 78), Mitu (Garcia, 72), Henn (Balan, h/t), Traversa, Sa (Peyron, 62), Ghezal, Murray, Cabal-lero, Raynaud (Diarra, 68), Soldan (Rolland, 52).
Referee: T Hayes.