Midfielder David Mundy says Fremantle's second-half season turnaround is the result of the players adjusting to coach Ross Lyon's game plan.
The Dockers made a slow start to the season but have won seven of their last eight matches to storm into the top eight.
Their recent good form was underlined by Sunday's 53-point rout over the inform North Melbourne.
Mundy said the group was only getting parts of the game plan right early in the season.
"We've been blessed in that regard that they (coaching staff) have come in and brought in a fresh game style and the boys have really got on board and bought into that," he said.
"Obviously change takes a little while to get used to and earlier in the year we were getting some bits right and other bits wrong.
"I think in the games we've played really well like the weekend and (against) the Eagles a few weeks ago we've had a really consistent performance."
Mundy said the team had lifted their training intensity compared to past seasons.
"The boys are really applying themselves in training and meetings during the week and that's really showing in games," Mundy said.
"We've got some really good focuses going into games and they seem to be standing us in good stead.
"All our KPIs have been really good, all I know is when we get our KPIs right they really stand up really well.
"As I've said a thousand times we've got really simple focuses going into games and it's just about applying and getting those done."
Sunday's win was without Matthew Pavlich and only the Dockers' second in Melbourne without the skipper since his debut in 2000.
Mundy said the team had mentally prepared to play without the competition's leading goal kicker throughout the week.
"The way we go about it is we want to win the hard ball, contested ball, so that's finals kind of football from the last few years anyways," he said.
"I think our game plan stands up, we've just got to go out there and really apply it well and that's a week-to-week focus."
Fremantle will face Melbourne on Saturday with the possibility of earning a home final if results fall their way.
However, if Geelong win and Fremantle finish eighth they will still likely play at home and face West Coast in the first ever Western Derby final.
But Mundy said they would not be distracted by any external factors.
"I think if you look to far ahead ... you can really lose focus," he said.
"To lock the finals away is a great result but we won't be looking to far ahead.
"We've got Melbourne this weekend and it's another important game. We'll be focussing on Melbourne really heavily this week."