Brisbane coach Michael Voss believes the days of Jonathan Brown and Simon Black carrying their team-mates are coming to an end after the Lions edged Port Adelaide by 11 points on Saturday.
While triple premiership-winning veterans Black and Brown as they have done countless times in their glittering careers led Brisbane in possessions (27) and goals (four) respectively, the performances of several of Brisbane's burgeoning young brigade pleased Voss immensely in the win at AAMI Stadium.
"Once upon a time if S. Black and Jonathan Brown weren't sitting in front and leading the charge then generally we were waiting for that (someone to step up) to happen," Voss said.
"We're getting less and less reliant on that.
"I've been talking about them (Black and Brown) for four years.
"I'm pleased to be sitting here talking about Josh Green and Claye Beams - I'm glad I'm talking about those guys.
"They (Black and Brown) are champs and we expect a performance from them.
"In reality where our growth is coming as a team is making sure these other guys can come in and make a difference. And they're doing it.
"There's others that are actually taking ownership of the team and stepping up in those (key) moments."
Voss was lavish in his praise for Andrew Raines (10 disposals and five inside-50s in the final term), Daniel Rich (nine touches, three clearances) and Beams (who kicked the goal to give Brisbane the lead) as the Lions turned around a 13-point deficit at three-quarter time with a four-goal-to-nil-fourth stanza.
"I thought there were some individuals that really stepped up," Voss said.
"Rainesy was enormous in that last quarter, Daniel Rich was enormous through the last quarter and Beams was very good through the last quarter.
"Everyone needs to jump in but I felt there were three that thought 'nup, we've got to will ourselves over the line here'.
One aspect that thrilled Voss was the fact his side locked up the four points despite not playing anywhere near their best for large patches.
The Lions had fewer possessions, clearances and hit-outs than the Power, but the visitors willed their way over the line through sheer guts and determination in the soggy conditions.
"I want to put it in context - we didn't play well today, but we found a way," Voss said.
"We didn't play brilliant today. We made a lot of fundamental mistakes but I give credit to Port, they were really hard at the footy and they put everything on the line.
"We got caught on our heels a little bit after the first couple of goals, and as we went we kept grinding and grinding and grinding.
"What we found out of it, at different times when we needed to grind in, there were individuals that really stepped up when we needed them the most."That's what I took away from the game."