New Ireland cap Max Deegan says today's win over Wales will help to rebuild confidence in the camp.
The 24-14 victory at the Aviva Stadium made it two wins from two for new coach Andy Farrell in the Guinness Six Nations.
The Leinster number 8 was not part of the squad that lost five games over the calendar year in 2019 but says that the side are bouncing back from the disappointment of a poor World Cup in Japan.
The 23-year-old told RTE Sport: "We'll take a great amount of confidence. We've two wins now from the start of the competition, momentum will be building and we'll just be looking forward to the next few weeks.
"We've a week off and then on to England. We've loads to work on so it's great.
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"The lads have kind of bounced back from the disappointment of the World Cup really well and I think the leaders of the team have stepped up really well and taken this competition by the reins.
"I think the lads put in a great shift before I came on. I was just hoping to come on and make an impact"
"We are really enjoying it, everyone else coming in behind and giving as much impact as we can."
Deegan came on as a 71st-minute replacement for Peter O'Mahony and was delighted to earn his first cap.
"It was amazing," he said.
"I think the lads put in a great shift before I came on. I was just hoping to come on and make an impact.
"It was great [in the dressing room]. They are the best kind of atmospheres you want in the changing room after a good win against a top side, semi-finalists [in the World Cup].
"We are just delighted, we are looking forward to winding down and enjoying tonight."