Gold Coast's performance in their AFL round-one opener against West Coast was impressive but far from satisfying for Suns coach Stuart Dew.
The Suns lost by 25 points to the Eagles at Optus Stadium last Sunday but earned plaudits for a brave performance where they held the lead early in the final quarter.
Dew, however, knows that's exactly the sort of game his team needs to start turning into victories if the club is go from competition also-rans to top-eight contenders.
"When you're that close and - what were we - seven points up at the start of the last when Nick (Holman) kicked that goal. They're the ones we want to make sure we can try and close out," Dew said.
"That's when you turn from that mid-table ladder into finalists."
Heavy favourites for Saturday's clash with North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium, Dew is especially aware a creditable display against the Eagles will mean little if his team doesn't get the victory over the Kangaroos.
North began life under new coach David Noble with a 52-point loss to Port Adelaide last weekend but had held a quarter-time lead against the Power before fading out of the contest.
That start should serve as enough of a warning to Dew's players nothing is to be taken for granted.
"The competition gives you good examples," Dew said.
"Sydney v Brisbane last week, Adelaide's big win over Geelong, and North pushing Port in the early stages of their game.
"We don't have to look far for inspiration, but also a reality check that between one and 18 is not as big a gap as what people think, and if you're not ready they normally land one on your chin."
The Suns will be without teenage sensation Matt Rowell after he suffered a serious knee injury early in the West Coast game.
Small forward Ben Ainsworth was named as his replacement after overcoming a hamstring niggle.
North head to Queensland without young Curtis Taylor due to concussion protocols, but Jed Anderson returns from a calf injury in the only change to the side.
Kangaroos defender Aidan Corr, who was subbed out of last week's game with a toe injury, has been named to play.