Wests Tigers fullback Adam Doueihi says a sharpened focus by the side after back-to-back defeats has helped team claw their way back in to the top eight heading in to Saturday's clash with the Panthers.
With his side disappointing in their Round 4 loss to the Titans almost a month ago, the 21-year-old said being able to reset as a playing group and improve their overall standards had been key in turning around their on-field performances.
"I think we've just really narrowed down our mindset," Doueihi reflected.
"It was sort of a blessing in disguise to have that loss to the Titans. It was a really big wake-up call for us as a playing squad and as a club as a whole.
"Madge and us as a playing group are sick of us, as a club, losing every second match and winning every now and then. It's time for change for us now — we've built a good squad and there's a good squad here.
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"We've worked hard this season to put ourselves in this position in the top eight.
"We're coming off two wins in a row and we're looking forward to building off it come this weekend. We'll be ready to go again."
Having started the season in the centres before shifting back to fullback once the season resumed in late May, Doueihi said he had been enjoying growing in the role and paid credit to the spine's overall performance at Wests Tigers.
"We're gelling really well together," Doueihi enthused. "Each game we're playing together we're really understanding each other's games more and the more time that we spend on the training paddock in review is helping.
"Madge and Shane Millard — our attack coach — have done a good job at getting us in the picture at the same time and linking up with each other as much as possible.
"That's where we feel we've had the most success this year.
"Our combinations are still improving and they're still getting stronger. I'm really excited for where it could take us and we're definitely heading on the right path."
Match: Wests Tigers v Panthers
Round 8 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney