Adam O'Brien insists Newcastle are in better shape since last week's brutal elimination final than they were before it as the Knights prepare for a NRL semi-final showdown against the Warriors.
Newcastle's do-or-die clash with the Warriors comes only six days after the Knights held the Raiders off in a 90-minute epic at McDonald Jones Stadium.
In that time, the Knights have had to dust themselves off, travel to Sydney and board an international flight to Auckland, where they will play their first semi-final since 2013.
Three of the past four sides that have had to back-up from an extra-time finals game have lost the following finals match, falling by an average of 21 points.
Most recently, the Sharks received a thrashing from South Sydney after losing to North Queensland in the first week of the finals last season.
Key prop forward Daniel Saifiti has already been confirmed as a casualty of the bruising encounter with the Raiders, ruled out on Friday night with a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.
But O'Brien, who coached the Knights in their 2020 and 2021 finals campaigns, is drawing confidence from the Knights' cautious approach to their preparation this week.
"We're filling the tanks up every day," he said.
"Just looking at the guys, we've spent a lot of time front-loading recovery but now it's about getting the finer details of prep right. They'll be ready to go.
"We're in a much better position this week than we were last week. We took four guys into work that we were going like this (crossing fingers) with (against the Raiders)."
The Knights have been flying high since July and are now one victory away from the club record for longest winning streak of 11 games set during the halcyon days of Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus.
Warriors recruit Mitch Barnett believes his former side's momentum, and the enormity of the occasion, will help them bounce back from Sunday's epic against Canberra.
"They've won 10 in a row," he told AAP.
"It's the biggest game of their careers for a lot of them so they'll be fine, they'll be looking forward to it and the challenge of coming over here.
"I know how they're coached, they'll be revved up and excited to go."
While Barnett is at hand to offer the Warriors insight into the Knights, the visitors are relying on attack coach Blake Green for pointers about the packed Auckland crowd that awaits.
Green played 55 games for the Warriors between 2018 and 2020, including the 2018 elimination final loss to Penrith - their most recent finals appearance before this season.
"That's probably the area that we have leant on, Greeny's time here," O'Brien said.
"He understands the stadium, he understands the support. He's been very good this week in that regard."