Greater Western Sydney need to improve 10 per cent before being rated an AFL contender, coach Leon Cameron says.
The Giants continued their surge towards the finals on Sunday with a gutsy 22-point away win against Port Adelaide.
But Cameron, despite a sixth win in seven games, says his Giants don't yet deserve to considered among the competition pacesetters.
"You can clearly see the Richmonds and the Collingwoods and the West Coasts, probably those three sides are out in front," Cameron said after the 11.14 (80 to 8.10 (58) triumph against Port.
"We sit in that group of four, five, seven and eight.
"And we know if we don't improve 10 per cent as the weeks go on, then we will drop games and we will be scratching to try to make the eight, let alone be really really good in finals footy.
"But I'm really confident that our group is hungry and has got an appetite to continue to improve their game - and we need to."
The Giants are in sixth spot, just two premiership points shy of fifth-placed Port, after what Cameron described as a "huge" win for his club.
"In terms of our last seven weeks, we have found a way to win with backs against the wall," he said.
The Giants led by almost six goals late in the third quarter at Adelaide Oval before Port charged to within nine points midway in the last term.
Cameron praised the resilience of his side to score the last two goals, saying the ability of his players to find targets with their kicks inside 50 proved decisive.
"That is the biggest area in footy," he said of delivery into attack.
"Defence has moved up - all 18 clubs have got better at defending and tackle better.
"The hardest thing now is, how do you counteract that and make better decisions going forward.
"Everyone wants that money-ball kick or money-ball decision more than not and I thought we got it right for periods."