He stopped short of calling it a relegation showdown but Worcester's director of rugby, John Brain, believes his side can virtually guarantee themselves a third Premiership season if they beat Leeds tonight.
Brain, whose side went within an ace of winning at Welford Road a week ago, maintains a victory at Headingley would cut the Tykes adrift at the bottom and go a long way to securing the 40 points needed to stay in the division.
A maximum haul would take his side to within two of that target and leave them with a vast expanse of water between sixth and twelfth place.
The Yorkshiremen might mount another late season rally, as they did last year, but it wouldn't be at Worcester's expense and the Sixways side would be able to travel back south safe in the knowledge that all they need to worry about is a glittering prize.
Brain and his charges would then be free to concentrate on creeping into the Heineken Cup spots for a top six finish and trying to get through to the latter stages of the European Challenge Cup.
"You really need at least 40 points before you call yourselves safe and we are seven points off that," Brain said.
"Any team in sixth or below is in the relegation picture until they have picked up those points and we are realistic enough to know that it is a question of getting there as quickly as possible.
"We can substantially improve our own position and cut Leeds adrift from sixth place by 16 or 17 points if we win. A victory could lift us out of the picture at the bottom."
The incentive is, therefore, massive but it should not be assumed tonight's opponents have anything less to play for.
They are currently seven points from the Plimsoll Line of Saracens, Bristol and Bath and with some exacting fixtures on the horizon positively need to beat Warriors. Particularly given the fact their run-in contains just one match against their nearest rivals.
"It is a huge, huge game for Leeds because following this game they have to go away to Leicester and Wasps. They are a tremendously committed team and we are under no illusions as to how much they will want to win this game," Brain added.
And with a disappointing 24-19 reverse in the corresponding fixture last season to expunge from the memory banks, Worcester know they will have to work extremely hard to subdue Phil Davies's side.
Brain is sure it is well within their capabilities, though: "We have won a number of games away from home this season, at Northampton, London Irish and Bristol, so I don't see Leeds away as being any more difficult. They might be desperate but so were Bristol."
The 26-23 victory at the Memorial Ground stands as Worcester's only success in the last six league games - a run that has coincided with the absence of internationals Chris Horsman and Pat Sanderson.
Horsman is a write-off for the current campaign and although Sanderson won't have recovered from his back condition in time for this evening's encounter, Brain expects him to be in the frame for a return against Wasps in a fortnight's time.
Former Springbok Thinus Delport, however, has returned sooner than expected and has been restored at full-back, a decision no doubt informed in part by Nicolas Le Roux's back troubles.
Aisea Havili and Chris Fortey return to the starting line-up after missing the 28-22 loss at Leicester Tigers and the good news for Brain is that Drew Hickey will not be hampered by the shoulder niggle he sustained in that match.
Intriguingly Matt Powell returns at scrum-half instead of Andy Gomarsall who drops to the bench as Brain searches for the right combination to not just keep his side in the Premiership but move them up it too. ..SUPL: