Brian Cody was already looking forward to next Sunday's local derby with Wexford after Kilkenny continued their recent revival with a thrilling victory over Tipperary.
Two wins in as many weeks leaves the Cats in the hunt for a league quarter-final place, but Cody is under no illusions about the task facing them against Davy Fitzgerald's high-flying charges.
"They (Wexford) are playing seriously good hurling - it's a big challenge. We have four points now in the league. If we can pick up points next Sunday it will put us in a decent position. If we don't, we'll be looking at what is happening elsewhere," the Kilkenny manager said in the Irish Examiner.
"But look, we've been competitive in the league. We were definitely being targeted for relegation by most people after the first two games - and that still can happen. We've put ourselves in a position where we can do something about it ourselves."
Cody was pleased with how Kilkenny's young guns performed against Tipp.
"Yeah, the maturity the young lads showed really to kind of hang in there and realise that we were after losing a lead and to keep hurling.
"That's what they did and there was great genuineness and great spirit showed out there. I'd be very happy with it," he added.