Wollongong Bulldogs coach Lee Murray believes the premiers will take a psychological edge into Saturday's South Coast AFL major semi-final, after the Bulldogs became only the second team to beat Kiama Power this season.
The Bulldogs won a final round thriller 10.12 (72) to 10.8 (68) at Boronia Oval, continuing the epic rivalry over two seasons, capped off by a grand final win for each club by less than a goal.
The Power thrashed the Dogs by 49 points in their only other meeting in round nine, but Wollongong have struck their best form at the right end of the season.
And while Saturday's victory didn't impact the premiership ladder, Murray was sure the result mattered.
"Hopefully it takes a bit of a dent in their confidence and gives a lift to ours," Murray said.
"To beat a good side like the Power a week out from the finals and know you're playing them again seven days later is something to hold on to.
"They've been the benchmark side, but we know we can beat them when we play our best footy and we showed some great signs today."
There was less than two goals between the team for the four quarters, with Murray rapt by his side's hardness at the contest.
"Our attack on the footy was great. We made them work for every possession.
"You have to have the right attitude against the Power and we had that."
Murray nominated Tom Charles as his standout, with the tough midfielder typifying the Dogs' work ethic.
Marty Brown was also excellent in the midfield, while defender Keegan Litchfield had a host of possessions.
The Power will be desperate to turn the tables in Saturday's major semi-final, with the winner going straight into the grand final.
In the other final round match, Shellharbour Suns finished with their third win of the season, beating Wollondilly 8.12 (60) to 6.5 (41).
Meanwhile, third-placed Bomaderry and fourth-placed Northern District enjoyed the final round bye ahead of Saturday's elimination semi-final.
Though beaten by the Tigers in round 14, Bomaderry will start favourites.
In Sydney AFL, Illawarra Lions remain winless heading into this Saturday's final round, following a spirited 40-point away loss to Campbelltown last Saturday.