The Wests Tigers have become adept at dealing with adversity over the last few NRL seasons.
However they admit they failed to handle the hype after bolting out of the blocks and threatening to become a real force this season.
Heading into Sunday's clash with St George Illawarra and with eight games remaining, the 10th-placed Tigers' finals chances are extremely remote as they sit three wins outside the top eight.
After being fourth after seven rounds, the Tigers have come crashing back to earth with eight losses from their last 10 matches.
The last several Tigers' seasons have been marked by turmoil, high-profile internal feuds, loss of star players and the sacking of three coaches in five years.
So when talk began about them being finals contenders and the Tigers' faithful started daring to dream, the players admit they didn't know how to handle it.
"I just think we got ahead of ourselves and I think we started thinking about winning games instead of just worrying about playing the game," centre Esan Marsters said.
"When we played the Roosters and Storm in the first rounds, we went in as underdogs and we didn't think we were going to win.
"I think it's important to go into the game and just worry about the game, not thinking about the result."
Utility Michael Chee Kam says their opening two months did wonders for the side's confidence, but they lost sight of what got them to that point.
"Before the season started we had a lot of talk about how to handle setbacks but not many on how to handle success," Chee Kam said.
"There wasn't really much pressure on us. There still isn't now. It's kind of like a re-start now."
After their last-start 30-12 trouncing at the hands of Gold Coast, the Tigers spent the bye week engaged in some soul searching.
Coach Ivan Cleary and his senior players sat down the playing group on Tuesday for an honesty session where they spoke about rediscovering the defensive steel which marked their early season form.
Despite only being back at the club a fortnight - after a season-and-a-half at South Sydney - Robbie Farah was one of a handful of players to address his teammates.
"Robbie was pretty massive in that meeting," Marsters said.
"He knows what it's like at Souths and they're doing really well.
"He just told us that we need to go back to the one percenters, and our execution and attack against the Gold Coast wasn't too good."