West Coast coach John Worsfold says his side showed the potential to develop the flexibility to make them an even more dangerous opponent in a 126-point mauling of Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Eagles boosted their percentage from 131.6 to 143.1 in the dominant win, a critical factor given the congested nature of the top four battle.
Although the win was their 10th from 13 games this season and their 18th in a row at Patersons Stadium, Worsfold said he saw signs to suggest further improvement was on the way.
He said he was thrilled with the way Chris Masten (33 disposals) and Andrew Gaff (25) flourished with increased time on the ball and how Daniel Kerr performed playing largely on the wing.
"That's all great for their development and us as a team," he said.
"We need all of those players to be able to play all those roles. We've got to know that (Luke) Shuey and (Scott) Selwood and Kerr can go forward and do the job there for us as well.
"It just gives you options ... but it certainly makes it harder for the opposition to plan."
Despite experimenting with positional changes at various times, Worsfold said he was thrilled with the intensity his side showed early in the game and then to run away with the contest after half-time.
West Coast went six goals up before time-on in the first quarter but the Suns lifted to keep the margin at 39 at half-time, only for the hosts to wrap up a dominant win with 15 of the last 16 goals thanks largely to a 60-30 inside 50 dominance for the match.
"I've never seen any team play the perfect game of football, but in terms of what we demanded from each other I think the players delivered that today," Worsfold said.
"It was ruthless in regards of playing the way they wanted to for as long a period in the game as we possibly can.
"I thought it was a really good all-round team performance."
Worsfold said the Eagles were highly likely to regain Will Schofield (hamstring) and Adam Selwood (infection) for their game against the Kangaroos in Hobart next Saturday.
But the outlook is not as good for key forward Josh Kennedy, who is behind schedule in his recovery from an ankle injury.
Kennedy told Fox Footy during the match he was likely nine weeks away from being able to play in the AFL, a timeline which would only see him return for the first week of the finals.Fellow forward Mark Nicoski said he was in line to return for the final week of the home-and-away season.