If you are looking for omens in the week the Heineken Cup returns, then the last time Ulster beat arch-rivals Leinster in Dublin was 14 years ago - when they became the first Irish province to be crowned champions of Europe.
That was back in 1999 and their 22-18 RaboDirect PRO12 win over table-topping Leinster at the RDS proved they are rounding into the kind of shape to take on another league leader, Aviva Permiership top dogs Saracens, in Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final at Twickenham Stadium.
Tries from Robbie Diack and replacement back row man Iain Henderson paved the way for a famous win over the reigning Heineken Cup holders, and Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finalists, and Ruan Pienaar added four penalties.
But what really won the day was the dogged defence that kept Leinster at bay in the second half and allowed the Ulstermen to hang on to their lead.
"When you look at this squad there is a deep rooted self belief and confidence that we are capable of winning everything this season and that is the attitude we have to get back. I don't think it has gone away it just needs a bit of enthusiasm and energy to bring it out," said Irish international hooker Rory Best ahead of the win in Dublin.
"Now we are getting injured and international players back at the right time in terms of fighting on two fronts. I think this team has shown this season that we are capable of beating anyone.
"We have shown a lot of consistency, we have fallen away a bit in terms of results and a few areas of performance in the last six games."
It was a win that brought a smile back to the face of head coach Mark Anscombe after two defeats and a draw in his last three PRO12 matches. Victory pushed Ulster past Leinster into second place, one point behind Glasgow Warriors.
"It's been a tough six weeks, we've had a lot of guys away so it's good to get the guys back. They showed great character in the last five minutes," said Anscombe.
"The difference has been personnel, that doesn't mean the young guys that have been playing over the past month aren't there, but we've been having to put them all out there together. We've lacked a lot of leadership and a lot of experience and we're better for it - we've come through it.
"It's a big challenge to come down here [to Leinster]. It shows because it's taken us so long to get a win here, but it's great for the boys to finally do that and getting the double over them in the season is another great achievement."
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