And both will be warning their players of the perils that await them at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin as they go in search of the one point they need for quarter-final qualification.

“The pride of playing ‘a la maison’, or at home, is going to be very strong for the Clermont side. They have got some very, very good players,” said Howard.

“Not many teams go to Clermont and win, so it is going to be another tough assignment for us. We have got to clear our minds of any thoughts of quarter or semi-finals – we just have to go out there and win.

“If we could emerge from this Pool with a return of five wins and only one defeat that would be a fairly strong achievement. We talked about what we need to do in Clermont in the dressing room immediately after the win over Stade Français. We don’t just want to go there to try to get something out of the game, we want to go there and win.

“There is an amazing amount of belief at this club and in this squad of players. They didn’t lose any heart when they went 10 points down with that interception try.

“I didn’t think the game had gone at that stage, but I was having my doubts. But the players fought back magnificently and in the end it  was a great achievement.

“Let’s face it, Stade Français are a quality team. There is still a round to go in the Pool stages and Stade Français are still good enough to win this tournament.

“Yet while it was a fabulous victory, it wasn’t a fantastic performance. There is still a lot to work on, although you can never doubt the courage and commitment of this squad.”

The Tigers had lost their last three clashes with the Paris club and this result left Stade Français coach Fabien Galthie speechless regarding the final frantic minutes.

He praised his players for their near perfect efforts for 70 minutes but wouldn’t comment on the final 10 minutes, declaring: “What can I say, other than the last 10 minutes were very one-sided.

“Now we have to chase the chance of qualification and we will have to play a team on Friday night that has no pressure on it at all. We will do our best to beat the Ospreys and get a bonus point, but we will still have to wait and see what happens with other results.

“I am also afraid that there might not be a place in the quarter-finals for a runner-up from our Pool.”

Louis Deacon, whose try figured prominently in a remarkable and memorable Tigers comeback from the jaws of defeat, added: “When you can beat a side of the quality of Stade Français it gives you a massive amount of confidence for future games.

“We haven’t won the Heineken Cup, or anything for that matter, for three or four years and we are definitely looking to win some silverware this season.

“We will be going to Clermont to get a win, even though we know we may only need a point to win the Pool. It would be a disaster if we went there and lost and didn’t qualify.

“We know it is a hard place to go to and the temperature will be pretty cold. But we’ll be ready for another big effort.”