Viliame Kikau has declared Penrith's last-ditch NRL win over Melbourne can set the tone for their season, claiming it shows the Panthers are determined not to be one-hit wonders from 2020.
Kikau was the hero in Thursday night's win, sprinting across the field to hold Justin Olam up after the siren and protect the Panthers' 12-10 lead.
The hulking second-rower admitted afterwards he'd long waited for the grand-final rematch, with coach Ivan Cleary also certain that's what had driven the play.
But Kikau is adamant the pain of that 26-20 loss on the big day after 17 straight wins is a motivation for the whole season.
The Panthers are desperate not to just be another side that fades out after a fairytale run, like the Warriors in 2011, Sydney Roosters in 2010, Parramatta in 2009 and Wests Tigers of 2005.
"(The motivation) is part of what we feel coming into this year," Kikau said.
"Some teams they reach the grand final and then the year after you just see them floating around.
"That's what we didn't want to do.
"We've set that standard last year and we're going to chase it again this year. Trying to go one better this year.
"Hopefully we can get there again and go one better when we reach the big games."
Penrith watched the grand final back just once in the pre-season, deciding that was enough to learn what they needed from it.
They now have the chance to start the season at 4-0 against Manly next Thursday, after holding North Queensland and Canterbury scoreless before the Storm triumph.
"I couldn't wait until round three to play against them again. We knew it wasn't going to be easy," Kikau said.
"They're still a hard team to play, Melbourne. If you're going to win against them, you have to hold the ball and go through the middle.
"But some of the stuff from last year is still driving the boys"
Kikau's last-ditch effort to hold up Olam could well go down as the defensive play of the season.
Claiming his nickname is the "Ferrari truck" at Penrith to go with Charlie Staines' moniker, "The Forbes Ferrari", Kikau was knocked down in backplay before getting to his feet and sprinting across field.
The 25-year-old said he made the snap decision not to milk a penalty, acting on instinct to get across the field and save the day.
"The legs and backside were just hanging there," he said.
"I just went down and then I looked up and saw the referee doing his own thing and saw they were still passing the ball around.
"There is no use trying to lay down and milk it when the referee is still saying play on.
"I just saw 'Stainsey' standing by himself in the corner and I just chased as hard as I could.
"I knew straight away (I'd held him up)."