St George Illawarra's Mad Monday celebrations won't linger too long, with Steve Price ordering his troops back to training barely a week after ending their dismal season.
Having turned in one of their best displays of the season in dashing the Warriors' faint finals hopes, the Dragons will break ranks for just a week before returning to the gym.
The scenario is not entirely unfamiliar to those employed in recent years by teams out of the finals equation, with the Red V to begin their search for a fortune reversal by training through until preliminary final weekend.
A number of the squad are also jockeying for positions with their respective nations in the end-of-year World Cup.
A defiant Price maintained he hadn't coached his last game, despite the club announcing during the week they've commissioned a review of all football operations.
"I'm not concerned one bit [about the midweek statement]," Price said.
"We're a proud footy club, as Nathan [Fien] said, and we want to do better and myself included.
"I have no issues with it whatsoever and I'm under contract next year. I'll continue to improve myself, which I'm certainly going to, and improve our football club.
"I'm very confident [I'll still be coach]. With a new recruitment drive going forward ... I'm definitely confident."
Price will quickly put the farewells to one side and return to work tomorrow in a bid to cast the joint venture's worst finish to a season to the memory bank.
"Sometimes you learn a lot about yourself and your family and your true friends when you go through difficult times in life, and we've certainly done that this year," he said.
"Take away those last two weeks and prior to that we've certainly been digging in. I'm just looking forward to enjoying a couple of beers with these old boys and then getting back to work on Tuesday and start moving forward for next year."
Outside back Nathan Green, afforded a late call-up against the Warriors after ex-Raider Daniel Vidot was dropped for being late to training, said St George Illawarra were capable of surprising in season 2014.
The club has launched a strong recruitment drive, with Melbourne's Gareth Widdop, Souths' Dylan Farrell and Canberra pair Joel Thompson and Sam Williams headlining the new arrivals.
"We've got some time to ourselves and there's no excuse leading into the pre-season why we can't have a good year next year," Green said.
"We've got plenty of players coming and we've just got to make sure we gel.
"We've got to make sure when the pre-season comes we work hard and we're going to take teams by surprise next year. Plenty of young blokes like myself and Charly [Runciman] have got experience this year and hopefully we can still be in the system."
Having calmly slotted the go-ahead field goal late in the Dragons' 19-10 win over the Warriors, Josh Drinkwater further enhanced his prospects of challenging Williams and Kyle Stanley for the No 7 next year.
"It's only early days and he fully understands he's got a lot of work to do in his game," Price said.