Robbie Keane considers that positive results in the opening few games afford teams the confidence to click through the gears as the season progresses.
Our opening day point against Liverpool at the Lane can certainly be viewed as a positive one, with coming from a goal down with a good second half performance. It is now a particularly testing trip to Newcastle looming, followed by another away-day at West Brom in midweek.
While we have not enjoyed our last couple of visits to St James Park, Robbie feels if the team plays to its potential, reward can be taken from the encounter.
"You want get results in your first few games to give you confidence to move on," said the striker. "After the performance in coming back from a goal down on Saturday and playing well, it will give us confidence going into the Newcastle game.
"It will be tough, but if we play like we know we can, there is no reason why we can't get a result."
Newcastle have strengthened their hand during the summer months with the capture of James Milner, Nicky Butt and Patrick Kluivert. Robbie suspects a more familiar face will make a success of his switch to the north east.
"It is going to be a massive game. They have bought in some players and the main one we know is obviously Stephen Carr.
"He is a great player, it is shame that he has gone, but he has gone on to a good club and I'm sure he will be successful there.
"It was sad to see him go but that's the job, he has gone on to a new chapter in his life and he will do well."