The Wallabies believe beating the All Blacks in Wellington will buy time to reach their potential under new coach Ewen McKenzie before an October decider.
After being humbled 47-29 in Sydney, Australia must beat the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday night to keep alive any hope of wresting back the Bledisloe Cup, which they haven't held since 2002.
They then don't face New Zealand again until after the end of the Rugby Championship, meeting in a third Cup clash on October 19 in Dunedin.
Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper believes the team will continue to improve significantly under McKenzie in that time, potentially setting up a mouth-watering decider.
"It's one game this weekend and then we don't meet the All Blacks until the end of the Championship, so to get this win and then go into a decider is really exciting," said Hooper.
"We're going to grow as a group so if we can get a win this weekend it will be massive for us."
The 21-year-old, who was voted the Australian players' player of the game after the ANZ Stadium match, said the Wallabies had built confidence despite the heavy loss.
He said their focus had to be on better ball retention after handing their opponents too many attacking opportunities.
Hooper, who also announced he had re-signed with NSW and the Australian Rugby Union until 2016, said he believed the Australian pack had the ability to dominate the All Blacks and they needed to up their work-rate.
"We have a good mobile pack and I feel like we can exploit that and really get over the gain line.
"We're mobile and get through a lot of carries.
"Hugh McMeniman, Kevvie [James Horwill] and Simmo [Rob Simmons] are all big guys but they keep getting up, keep making tackles, you just want more and more from them."
Hooper said the Kiwis' psychological edge after dominating the Bledisloe series for so long came with its own baggage.
"They'll be nervous about losing it and we really want it. We've got two games now to claw it back and it's going to be tough over there but this group's hungry for success."
Hooper hoped McKenzie would retain the line-up.
Like many Australian fans, he wanted Jesse Mogg, Israel Folau and James O'Connor more involved. Code-jumping winger Folau barely saw the ball.
"We had a good game plan to take these guys on," said Hooper.
"Obviously we've got plenty of talent back there.
"You want to see those guys with ball in hand, I know I do. They've got X-factor written all over them and they're the guys who can score and finish tries."