Fly-half Phil Godman has warned Edinburgh they must hit the ground running when they launch their Magners League campaign in September.
Edinburgh face a September 4 opener at Cardiff followed by a home clash with Connacht a week later.
Last term, Edinburgh lost to both Munster and Leinster during the opening two rounds of the competition and were forced to play catch-up during the second half of the season.
Despite winning their final six games, could not prevent Munster from winning the championship.
Godman said: “If you ask anyone in the squad what cost us the title last season then they will tell it was down to our slow start.
“We all know that we must generate some early momentum and carry on where we left off last season; winning matches.
“It is imperative that if we want to also do well in the Heineken Cup that we go into the competition off the back of achieving some good Magners League results.”
Edinburgh’s preparations start when Guinness Premiership runners-up Harlequins visit Myreside in a warm up match on Saturday, August 22.