"You want to start every game well, especially away from home, and it's all about us going there and hopefully imposing our game on them," said Robshaw. "They're going to try and do the same and we have to stick to our plans and not get drawn into certain ways of playing.
"I've never been to Connacht but we have a close relationship with them through Conor (O'Shea) and we played them in pre-season plus we've played them in the Challenge Cup over the last few years.
"I am sure it will be windy and I am sure it will be cold. You saw how they played - they were a very physical, confrontational team and, in all honesty, we were pretty lucky to come away having not allowed them a bonus point. Going over there is going to be very challenging and a completely different task.
"Traditionally, English teams do quite well in the Amlin Challenge Cup and we want to do the same. You always want to do well in Europe and you want to play against the best players out there. Our aim is to progress well in this tournament, use it as a springboard and build some momentum.
"It was not the flowing rugby that we like to play, but the most important thing was that we got four points.
"It was very physical and Connacht were very good at slowing our ball down. We scored a couple of breakaway tries and credit goes to our defence. They threw a lot at us and they probably played a similar game of rugby to the way we like to play, offloading and keeping the ball alive, so credit to our defence.
"We want to be a team that plays attacking rugby but you have to play both sides of the ball. Defence is a massive part of that. It's about us trying to keep improving, making our defence better and testing ourselves week in week out.
"And Connacht tested us - they challenged us in a lot of areas, especially out wide. We probably switched off a couple of times and allowed them three easy points just before half time, but the important thing was that they didn't get any match points here.
"As I said, they did very well slowing our ball down and I think most teams know that if you want to beat Harlequins you have to slow our ball down and don't give us front foot ball.
"It's about us clearing the ruck and allowing our backs, who are a very talented bunch of players, a bit of freedom. We probably got our balance wrong between our set piece and allowing our backs to play and that maybe played into their hands a little bit too much.
"Fingers crossed Danny Care and Nick Easter will be back. They haven't been in the side for six weeks or so, probably a bit more, so hopefully they'll be dying to come back and make an impression.
"The bottom line is that we just have to go out there and give it our all."