England wing Josh Lewsey is convinced the world champions will reflect on last weekend's RBS 6 Nations victory over Italy as the dawn of a new era for English rugby.
Andy Robinson's men ended a four-game losing streak and a winter of discontent with a comfortable six-try win over the Azzurri at Twickenham when, for the first time, things started to go as planned.
Next up is Scotland for the Calcutta Cup on Saturday and England have a renewed determination to build on last week's victory and take another step on the road to retaining the World Cup.
"We have been through some pretty low points and we are certainly on the way back up," said Lewsey, 28.
"With all due respect to Italy, it wasn't New Zealand we were playing - but I think we will look back on last weekend's game against Italy in a couple of years and say that was the stepping stone going forward."
"We have come through these hard losses and started rebuilding again. Don't get me wrong, we will have some hiccups on the way again, but in terms of setting out the immediate mindset and intentions of how we want to play, last weekend was the first time we produced what we set out to do during training.
"That was to put some shape and pattern on the amount of possession we had enjoyed in previous games.
"Against Scotland it is about making another step forward with the ball in hand because our defence, by and large in this tournament, has been pretty damn good.
"It's what we do with ball in hand that dictates what the score will be at the weekend."
Scotland, though, made an impressive second-half fightback against Wales last weekend - albeit a fruitless one as they already trailed 43-3 - and the architects of that response have been rewarded with starts on Saturday.
Nathan Hines will start in the second row and Leeds fly-half Gordon Ross replaces Dan Parks in the number 10 jersey. The combative Jason White returns to the blindside flank to strengthen Scotland's back-row, with Ally Hogg moving to openside and Simon Taylor at number eight.
"We know what Scotland are like, they love to put one over on us," Lewsey added.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.