Kevin Doyle insists Wolves cannot afford to relax and take Premier League survival for granted this season.
The squad at manager Mick McCarthy's disposal is stronger than the one which avoided dropping straight back into the Championship on their return to the top flight last season.
But Republic of Ireland striker Doyle has urged his team-mates not to become complacent ahead of Sunday's Midlands derby against Aston Villa at Molineux.
"We've strengthened but they (Villa and other clubs) have also strengthened. It doesn't mean we are going to do better than last year," said Doyle.
"It doesn't mean we are going to automatically be out of the bottom part (of the table).
"We are still going to be fighting for our lives. I'm pretty certain of that.
"It won't be cosy, cosy. It will be difficult. We will see how things develop as the season goes on.
"But, if we relax and think because we've signed some players, that we are going to do fine this season, that is when it will bite us.
"We need to keep that bit of fear in us and keep playing well.
"But in the last couple of league games where we've got beat (Fulham and Tottenham), we could have still easily got something from those matches."
Wolves currently sit 15th in the league standings having collected five points in as many games.
However, Doyle feels his side can draw confidence from their 4-2 Carling Cup triumph over Notts County in midweek.
"It was important to win before the Villa game. It wouldn't have been nice to lose three on the bounce," said Doyle, who came off the bench to score twice against County.
"It would have made the next few days a bit more stressful.
"Now we can go into the Villa game looking forward to it. We were anyway - but it's a good derby game. We played well against them last year."