A shock victory over reigning Tri Nations Champions Australia was followed by back-to-back wins over Fiji and Samoa as Andy Robinson's men ended a frustrating season on a major high.
Scotland had lost seven games in a row between September 2011 and March 2012 - a run that included being knocked out at the group stages of the World Cup for the first time in their history and a first winless Six Nations in eight years - yet they head into the new campaign in positive mood.
The 9-8 victory over the Wallabies in Newcastle, New South Wales was a huge boost for the rugby in Scotland, as was the form of domestic sides Edinburgh and Glasgow. Edinburgh reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup while Glasgow achieved the same feat in the RaboDirect PRO12.
Recent progress means Scotland head into Lions year on a high but Laidlaw knows a strong start for both club and country is vital if he and his team-mates want to push on towards their potential.
"There is a breath of energy around but we'll not be getting too excited, we'll take one step at a time," said Laidlaw, who took over from Dan Parks as Scotland's first-choice fly-half in the Six Nations and has just been appointed Edinburgh captain for a second successive season.
"We were just delighted to win the three tests but that's history now and we're looking forward.
"The players in the squad just now are in a good place just and hopefully, if Edinburgh and Glasgow get off to a good start and the exiles do well wherever they are, Scottish rugby will be in a good place again.
"We've got the All Blacks first up in November and the way they played in their summer tests showed they will be a tough test for us.
"They are absolutely world class and we will have to be on our guard in that first Test."