Brad Arthur is confident Parramatta are a more resilient team than the one that was bundled out of the NRL finals by Melbourne last season.
The Eels rolled into the 2019 play-offs with a 59-0 demolition of Brisbane before they were smacked 32-0 by the Storm at AAMI Park in the semi-final.
The fluctuation in form was a huge concern for the Eels last year - and one that Arthur has tried to correct in 2020.
Heading into Saturday's qualifying final against Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium, Arthur says he can feel a shift in his playing group.
"We're a different team than we were last year, and I think we've shown that with the way we've played and the way we're prepared to hang in there and fight," he said.
"There's only been one game where we've been really disappointing this year where we just had the wrong attitude.
"I think for the rest of the games, we might not always play our best footy but our attitude has been good enough every week to give ourselves a real good hope."
The major disappointment was a 38-0 loss to South Sydney in round 16 when Arthur admitted the Eels were struggling with a 'flat' patch.
Now that they are starting to emerge from the dip in form, Arthur can appreciate the development of his side over the past 12 months.
The realisation came while sitting in the coaches box watching a narrow win over Wests Tigers last weekend when Arthur felt total confidence the Eels could get the job done.
"I can tell through my attitude in the box, I didn't feel under pressure at all in the first 20 minutes," he said.
"I knew with some good ball we'd get ourselves into the game I had the belief that if we got a set of six we could build some pressure or come up with points.
"It was a good shot of confidence for us that we were able to do that."
And luckily too, given the Storm's record against Parramatta.
The Storm have won all six finals against the Eels, and have won their past 18-straight games in Queensland.