Import star Milan Baranyk believes Phantoms are now treated as a ‘big team’ by their English Premier League rivals.
The classy Czech forward has been a key figure in the city club’s rise from also-rans to trophy-winners.
Baranyk was a star of the play-off winning team of last season and returned from a recent injury lay-off to help Phantoms roar into the EPL Cup semi-finals last weekend.
The 35 year-old hit four of the goals in the 11-0 rout of Hull which ensured they made the cut for the latter stages later in the season.
Baranyk said: “Last season we were thought of as a small team and the way we kept playing better and better hockey surprised everyone.
“In the end we finished as play-off champions which means everyone treats us as a big team this season.
“Facing Peterborough is now a bit more scary than it used to be for other teams and there is more pressure on us to do well.
“But we just have to carry on working hard and make sure we get our performances right.”
Baranyk had spent almost all of his career in the tough leagues of Eastern Europe until being recruited by Phantoms in the summer of 2014.
He admits it was initially tough to settle into English life, but he quickly grew to like it and had no hesitation in penning a new two-year deal last summer.
Baranyk added: “It was very tough to come to England for the first time.
“I could not speak the language and I didn’t really know anything about Peterborough.
“The guys in the locker room and other people at the club helped me so much and I am happy here.
“That is why I chose to come back again for two more years and it is much easier now I am used to living here.
“We have a really good team and it is good to be part of that. There are no superstars here, just a lot of guys who give their all and play well.”