Anthony Daly feels Clare are now in a good place following their hard-earned victory over Wexford in Sunday's Allianz League Division 1A encounter.
The four-point victory at Wexford Park makes it two wins from two for the Banner and keeps them on course for a likely winner-takes-all showdown with Limerick next month to see who gains the ticket to hurling's top flight in 2017.
Speaking on RTÉ Sport's Allianz League Sunday, the former Banner hero Daly said: "From Clare's point of view they had to go to there and get a result and Wexford Park was the venue where they went out of the 2014 championship.
"Clare were under pressure but they finished very strongly. They didn't get ahead until five minutes to go. They'll be happy coming home on the bus. It's all teed up now for 20 March against Limerick in Ennis to see who'll come out of the group."
Joining Daly on the League Sunday couch was former Tipperary custodian Brendan Cummins, who also concurred that Clare will take something from this latest victory.
"Wexford were coming off a defeat against Limerick and Liam Dunne was looking for a reaction," he said.
"With the weather conditions the way they were, Clare had a real struggle on their hands as Podge Doran and Andrew Shore led the line very well for Wexford.
"The telling part was down the home straight - Clare won it 0-08 to 0-01 and they battled it out in the end. It was a huge performance from Clare and Davy Fitz will have learned that little bit more about his troops."