Running the All-Ireland champions close in a league encounter is a huge boost to confidence for a young Laois side, according to their manager Eamonn Kelly.
It has been well documented about how the O'Moore County are going through a transition period as they are without many of their more experienced players.
Despite this, they nearly caused a massive upset against the reigning All-Ireland and NHL champions Galway and it took a late flurry of scores from the Tribesmen to see them over the line.
Kelly stressed to the Leinster Express that they are very much a work in progress, but added that they are heading in the right direction.
"Nobody likes getting beaten the way we got beaten last year, they put up massive scores against us and that's why we've looked at our setup this year," said Kelly.
"We were putting up big scores but conceding bigger, and we've got to look at our setup to see can we get it a little bit more defensive. We still conceded a high score, but we've lots to work on, but I have to say, in fairness to the lads, we have a number of guys injured and there's fellas coming in and making a statement to try and get the jersey."