Wests Tigers have bristled at the suggestion that the bubble has burst on their NRL season and that they're headed for a downward spiral.
After two losses on the bounce to Newcastle and Parramatta, the Tigers have dropped out of the top four.
For the opening two months many had predicted the Tigers would eventually come back to earth.
But they refuse to consider themselves a side punching above their weight and not legitimate contenders.
"I don't think there's ever been a side that's gone through undefeated in the NRL," winger Mahe Fonua said.
"Every team probably has a little slope.
"From those losses you build character and I think that's what we have in this team.
"We've had two losses by two points and we've lost them in the last 10 minutes.
"If we can fix up those things towards the back end of the game, I'm sure we can still do damage in this competition."
All three of the Tigers' losses in the first eight rounds have been by two points and have been decided in the final 10 minutes.
After losing to Brisbane in golden point, Newcastle (80th) and Parramatta (70th) didn't take the lead until the final stages.
There's still plenty to like about the Tigers, who on Thursday prepared for this weekend's clash with the Warriors with a gruelling hour-plus field session, which has become a weekly occurrence under coach Ivan Cleary.
According to Fox Sports Stats, the Tigers lead the league in completion rates (80 per cent) and have conceded the equal fewest tries (18).
The 118 points they have allowed is the lowest number through eight rounds in their history as a joint venture.
"We made some basic errors against Parramatta and they hurt us," returning lock Elijah Taylor said.
"Any NRL team will hurt you if you're knocking the ball on, on play one or play two.
"We've just got to clean that up and we'll be right."