Geelong coach Chris Scott remains 'supremely confident' of beating Collingwood next weekend despite an indifferent 14-point triumph over winless Gold Coast on Sunday.
The lethargic Cats might have pocketed the four points with the 15.20 (110) to 13.18 (96) result, but their up-and-down form shows no sign of ending.
One week after the reigning premiers scratched past Port Adelaide at home, the lowly Suns gave them perhaps a little more trouble than most had expected.
A first half riddled with Geelong turnovers opened the door for the Coast, but four-goal hauls from Paul Chapman and Tom Hawkins helped swing the contest back their way after half time.
The Cats' quality will now be tested with match-ups against the Pies, Essendon, Adelaide and Hawthorn - all sides with genuine flag claims.
But Scott said his side's inability to put away lesser teams will have no say on how they fare throughout those trying fixtures.
"It's neither here nor there," he said.
"We did what we needed to. Our brand of footy for the most part was quite good.
"We'd like to be playing better but it's really going to be irrelevant next week and the week after. We certainly won't be looking backwards.
"I'm supremely confident we can win next week (against Collingwood). Supremely confident."
Scott said he was 'surprised' that Gold Coast are yet to win a game in their second season, given how much trouble they gave the Cats.
"If you do want to look at history, I think the really relevant thing to look at is how the Kangaroos played against the Gold Coast at home, how Essendon played against them, how Fremantle played against them," he said.
"The Kangaroos went on to play some pretty good footy after a relatively poor performance up here, and I think Essendon and Freo did as well.
"They (the Suns) are not pushovers here. Anyone that's being critical of the Suns or GWS at the moment better brace themselves for 2015."
The Cats should be able to welcome back Steve Johnson (hamstring) and Harry Taylor (family reasons) for next week's crunch match, who alongside George Horlin-Smith (tactical omission), were all late withdrawals.
However, key forward James Podsiadly is unlikely to return while Jimmy Bartel is expected to come under match review scrutiny for a high hit on Trent McKenzie early on - an incident Scott said he had 'no thoughts' on.
The coach also admitted he had no answers for Geelong's inconsistent form.
"I can't put my finger on it. We'll keep working as hard as we can to get better at it," Scott said.
"We're doing our best to keep looking forward, even though people try to take us back and compare us to the team of 2011.
"We can look for signs and symbols and omens, but that's probably your (the media) job."We'll look at the things we can improve (on) and make sure we play as well as we possibly can next week."