Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller says with some more minor tweaks, his club will be mixing it with the A-League's big boys.
The Jets' revival continued on Sunday with a 0-0 away draw against Adelaide United, a result Miller hailed as a "superb day" for his club.
After seven rounds, Newcastle are fifth - just three points shy of league leaders Brisbane, who they host at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
Asked if he had a sense of where the Jets sit in the competition, Miller said: "One point off Sydney FC, undefeated on the road - that gives us a good idea of where we're at.
"And the focus away from home now has to be reflected at the Hunter Stadium and the next challenge, Brisbane Roar.
"So factually, things are going well.
"And it's just minor changes in the game management and understanding the key passes in the final third, and more of a centred approach and clarity with those final passes to create more chances."
The Roar hold a one-point buffer from second-placed Melbourne Victory (13 points), with Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney both on 12 points.
Miller said he was satisfied so far with his mission in Newcastle.
"Culturally, we are here to rebuild the club," he said after the draw in Adelaide.
"And events like today, and seeing out a game in the last two or three minutes like that, is vital.
"The fans need to respect the efforts of the players and understand that a point away from home in this league is very important to the club.
"Considering the last two weeks where we have conceded late, I thought to buck that trend and really take action in a pressurised environment ... was important."