The Irish host France at the Aviva Stadium in the second match of their double header on Saturday, ushering in an important phase for the squad in their countdown to New Zealand.
Losses to Scotland and Les Bleus have increased the pressure to perform over the next two weekends, though Kidney is pleased with the current rate of progress.
"We've lost the two games and every time you put on a green jersey you want to win a match," said the coach.
"But I'm happy everything is coming together and the way the players are going about their business."
Key players Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Stephen Ferris will make their first appearances of the summer after recovering from injury.
Paul O'Connell and Jamie Heaslip start, David Wallace makes his series debut and the first-choice half-back pairing of Jonathan Sexton and Tomas O'Leary are selected in tandem.
There is also a full Test debut for Felix Jones, who profits from the groin injury sustained by Rob Kearney.
O'Driscoll accepts that winning on Saturday is the ultimate aim, but insists defeat would not cause panic to break out in the camp.
"Winning is important but isn't the be all and end all. It's also about getting game time and getting up to speed," said the 32-year-old.
"If we didn't win any of the four warm-up games it wouldn't be ideal, but it's not the World Cup right now.
"The World Cup is in three weeks' time, so let's focus on getting the best possible performance against France.
"We're going into the game with the attitude that we really want to win this game, so let's see what happens.
"There's definitely an onus on trying to win the game but because some guys will be making their first start, it's essentially about playing your way into the season.
"We'll try to get the performance that will take care of the result.
"It's about making sure we have the right mentality for the weekend. Our intensity and physicality need to be right."
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.