Dom Waldouck says Saints must win at Bath tonight (Fri, ko 7.45pm) if they are to harbour any hopes of success this season.
Both teams boast 100 per cent Premiership records this season, with Saints having beaten Gloucester and Exeter and Bath winning against Worcester and Wasps.
The west country outfit have changed their management during the summer, with the likes of Gary Gold and Toby Booth brought in to boost the club.
Saints remain under the guidance of Jim Mallinder, who took over in 2007, and are now desperate to win a major trophy.
But Waldouck has warned they must beat teams of the ilk of Bath if they are to turn title dreams into reality.
“They’ve got a 100 per cent record like us and they’ve got a quality team,” said the centre ahead of the meeting between the two sides. “They have great players across the board and look like they’re well-drilled as well.
“It’s always tough to go down to The Rec and get a result on a Friday night but if we have any ambition of doing anything this year we have to go down there and get results.”
Wasps were beaten 30-23 at The Rec last Saturday and it was a game Waldouck watched closely as it involved his old side and his new club’s next opposition.
Bath were just too good in the end and Waldouck has warned Saints they will have to be at their best if they are to win there this week.
“I saw some of the game and they (Wasps) played well in patches and pushed Bath, which is good to see,” said the England Saxons ace.
“But we’re going to have to be on our money if we want to get a result down there.”