Connacht head coach Andy Friend is targeting a perfect Pro14 push to the play-offs after the Westerners powered past Benettton Treviso on Friday night.

Jack Carty rose from the bench to notch ten points at the Sportsground as the province shattered Treviso's eight-match unbeaten run. It kept Connacht third in Conference A as they enter a crucial run-in.

"It is a huge win," Friend told RTÉ Sport's Michael Corcoran.

"They're a quality side. They have a lot of physicality, they play a good brand of rugby and they tested us. I was really pleased with the way our boys held in there. 

"All these games now are must-wins aren't they?

"We can only control what we do. We've only got three more games in this competition: Zebre in a couple of weeks' time, then into Cardiff and into Munster. If we win all of those then we'll stay in control of our destiny and we'll finish in the top three. That's our target."

Connacht face Sale Sharks in the Challenge Cup quarter-final next week before getting back to business in the league.

Friend was pleased with the showing against an in-form Treviso but knows there's still room for improvement.

"We were pretty happy with the first 40; we laid a good platform there," he added. 

"We seemed to fall asleep in the middle part of the second half. When they scored it was an easy score - we've been guilty of that a little but this year. The way the reserves came on and got control back of the game was great.

"We've talked all year about the power of the squad. It's a 23-man game now, it really is. If you get your chance to come on you've got to give us energy and I thought all eight guys who came on gave us energy and gave us direction.

"They are a handful. We knew that was coming. I was pleased how we stood up to it."