Ken Pisi says he feels more comfortable in the heat of the Premiership battle this season.
The Samoan wing joined Saints from North Harbour last summer, making 24 appearances in his first season at the club.
Pisi registered three tries during that time as he continued to adjust to life in England.
But with a full season now under his belt, the 24-year-old has shown improvements, scoring in the opening-day win against Exeter before putting in a solid showing in the win at Quins last Friday.
And he said: “I feel more experienced.
“I experienced the Premiership for the first time last season and I’m more comfortable playing in it now.
“Pre-season went well, I feel I’ve done what I can and hopefully it’s showing out on the field. I’m more used to the intensity of the games.”
Pisi has also profited from the tuition of new attack coach Alex King, who has arrived at Saints from Clermont Auvergne this summer.
When asked what he has learned from King, Pisi said: “Just a lot of lines, being more open and playing what I see.
“It’s more like French rugby and using what you have.
“Kingy’s been there, done that, he knows what the players are thinking and feeling and he understands the boys.”
Pisi will aim to produce the goods again when Northampton head to winless Gloucester on Saturday.
But the wide man, who made his Saints debut at Kingsholm on the opening day of last season, knows his team will be in for a real scrap against a fired-up Cherry and Whites outfit.
“They’re a good team, especially at home,” he said.
“They’ve lost their past two games but once they get their heads up and the Shed’s behind them it’s going to be tough down there.
“The boys aren’t getting carried away, we’re just going to go there and do a job.”