And given the results from last night and what faces Munster in the weeks immediately ahead, this would be just about the absolute right time for the first time.
They are one of five teams with realistic aspirations of a claiming one of the three remaining places in the play offs.
And they're placed fifth of that bunch.
After tonight they take to the road, first to Llanelli and then to Treviso who number Ospreys and Scarlets among their victims at Stadio di Monigo this season in the RaboDirect PR012. Then it's home to an Ospreys side that look, on the evidence of their 26-11 win in Ravenhill last night.
to have rediscovered their mojo.
So huge importance attaches itself to this game this evening and while Rob Penney has by and large the personnel he'd expect to have to choose his pack from, and it includes Munster most capped forward Marcus Horan, he's down five of what at this phase of the season, might be termed, five of his regular backline starters.
On the last two occasions the sides have played in Munster it's been at Thomond Park Stadium. And the last time it was played here in Musgrave Park, it needed a 58th minute Scott Deasy try and subsequent penalty to sort out a one-score win.
It'll likely be just as close tonight.
Munster: Denis Hurley; Johne Murphy, Ivan Dineen, JJ Hanrahan, Danny Barnes; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Marcus Horan, Damien Varley, BJ Botha; Ian Nagle, Billy Holland; CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, James Coughlan capt. Replacements: Mike Sherry, Wian du Preez, John Ryan, Dave Foley, Tommy O'Donnell, Paddy Butler, Cathal Sheridan, Scott Deasy.
Edinburgh Rugby: Greig Tonks; Dougie Fife, Ben Cairns, Ben Atiga, Tom Brown; Piers Francis, Richie Rees; John Yapp, Andy Titterrell, Willem Nel; Perry Parker, Izak van der Westhuizen; Sean Cox capt, Stuart McInally, Netani Talei. Replacements: Steven Lawrie, Allen Jacobsen, Alex Allen, Grant Gilchrist, Hamish Watson, Chris Leck, Gregor Hunter, Lee Jones.