For Kyah Simon, half the battle was simply getting to the Asian Cup.
Now she's there, the Matildas veteran is like every one of her teammates in camp: hell-bent on making it through to the knockout rounds.
Australia face Japan in a crunch mission to make the last four late on Friday (AEST).
Avoid defeat and the Matildas will reach the semi-finals in Jordan, booking a place at next year's World Cup in the process.
The Asian Cup doubles as the continental qualifying tournament for next year's global showpiece in France.
"Knowing what's on the line brings extra determination and motivation to get the result that we want," Simon told AAP.
If she needs it, Simon can draw upon her last two months as proof of her perseverance.
The Melbourne City attacker went down in the W-League decider with a hamstring strain and celebrated her club success knowing she faced an uncertain future.
Australia had a lead-up tournament in Portugal, the Algarve Cup, a week later, and the Asian Cup was just eight weeks away.
"The W-League grand final was a bittersweet victory, coming off on 60 minutes," Simon said.
"And knowing we'd be leaving for the Algarve Cup in a couple of days, that was in the back of my mind.
"If I was a 100m sprinter it would have been a 10-weeker ... it wasn't the standard hamstring injury.
"Originally it was only supposed to be four or five weeks, then it became six or seven. I had a couple of little hiccups.
"The last couple of months I've been working hard and racing the clock to make sure I'm back in the squad and playing so to be on the park against South Korea and to get 90 (minutes) on the board against Vietnam, it was great.
"I'm happy and excited."
Simon scored the opening goal against Vietnam, an 8-0 rout that helps Australia's chances of progression should goal difference come into play.
The 26-year-old said her experience against Japan suggested every little advantage could be useful.
"We've got history with them," she said.
"It dates back to 2010 for us when Kate Gill's goal helped us beat them in the semi-final of the Asian Cup.
"That was nearly 10 years ago and there's been a few more games since then. We know they're a quality side and we can't be complacent.
"We need to play our best football to walk away with the result."