Wasps winger Christian Wade was in bullish mood ahead of his side's meeting against Northampton Saints, telling GiveMeSport that his side can't afford to play well but lose the big matches this season.
The England star returned to Aviva Premiership action with a bang after nine months out through injury, scoring two tries against Saracens at Twickenham. But, Wasps failed to take full advantage, losing 34-28 after leading 28-20 in the second-half.
From an individual perspective, Wade admits it was good to be back after so long out of the game, but with a focus on the team the winger also acknowledged that it's the result that really counts after 80 minutes.
"A win is a win and a loss is a loss, so even though we played well in parts it's still not good enough," he told GiveMeSport.
"It was a good team performance in spells, so it is a shame the result did not go our way. The good thing is that the Premiership season is young, and with another game coming this week, we can try and put it right straight away."
Putting it right is one thing, but the fact that Wasps will entertain current champions Northampton Saints means it is likely to be a particularly tough challenge.
The Saints started their campaign with a convincing win over Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens, but Wade seemed unfazed by the prospect and hopes a big win can really kick-start their season.
"Obviously it's not going to be an easy game against Northampton on Sunday, but it's our first home game of the season, so hopefully we'll get all the fans down to back us and we'll try to put in our best performance," he added.
"I think we showed we have the quality to play some good rugby and if we can sustain that throughout the whole game then we should be a successful team this year.
"The Premiership is so tight - most of the time it's whoever makes the least mistakes wins - so we've got to try and put in our best over 80 minutes. If we do that, we'll see how successful we can really be."
Despite the opening loss, Wade appears buoyed by his successful return to action, enjoying his first competitive run-out since a foot ligament injury ruled him out since November.
"It was awesome to be back. I was obviously a bit nervous going into the game, but ultimately you've got to run out there and give it your best shot," he added.
"I was very happy to be out there, to get that opportunity to play and score two tries. It's about helping the team with what I can do on the pitch."
Plenty to improve
After a rapid rise to prominence, Wade would be forgiven for thinking that everything might well fall back into place following his return to action for Wasps.
However, the England international - who also played for the British & Irish Lions in a tour match last summer - recognises that there is plenty to improve on as he looks to become a better player.
"Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. You can always work on something, so for me it's just about doing what I do really and keeping focused," Wade concluded.
"I've just got back from injury, so I've got to concentrate on game time, pushing ahead and making sure I keep working hard on the little things. Once you start doing that and really putting the time in, the other bits begin to take care of themselves."
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