Daly Cherry-Evans is ever the NRL optimist.
For a brief few moments on Sunday, it appeared Manly's horror run was about to end.
For the most part in their loss to the Sydney Roosters, their attack looked closer to clicking. They scored the first points in a game for the first time since round two.
And they went within two points of breaking a losing streak that is now at five games since their infamous Gladstone trip, before going down 22-20 at Allianz Stadium.
"We're just in a really tough situation," Cherry-Evans said.
"I think the reflection of the scorelines in the past two weeks is how committed we are to playing for the club and each other.
"I've got no doubt we're going to come up with a win soon, and once we do it's going to change our season.
"It will turn it on its head - I've got no doubt."
Manly's upcoming two months are as difficult as any in the competition, but there were signs on Sunday that they are closer to the end of their horror run than the start.
Their forwards returned to form, as Martin Taupau chalked up a hulking 265 metres with five tackle busts and Jake Trbojevic was back near his best with 173m and two linebreaks.
They also didn't appear to lose much in attack with Dylan Walker at five-eighth and Moses Suli in the centres.
"It wasn't too bad. Certainly a vast improvement on 2016," Cherry-Evans quipped, in reference to Walker's first move to five-eighth two years ago that even coach Trent Barrett deemed as a failure.
On Sunday though, Manly treated their offence differently with Walker in the No.6.
He acted as another ball-runner and busted through four tackles while fullback Tom Trbojevic played a role in helping Cherry-Evans on the last.
"There are encouraging signs there," Barrett said.
"That's the biggest plus we can take out of it ... Our attack will find its groove with the spine it's got."