DIMI Petratos is looking forward to the energy that new coach Carl Robinson brings as the Jets get back to work to ensure their win over the Mariners is not a "one-off".
Robinson addressed the players before the 4-3 win over the Central Coast and will take charge of his first training session at Ray Watt Oval on Tuesday.
"He introduced himself and spoke about confidence and believing in ourselves," Petratos said. "He told us what he wants to bring to the team. The energy he brought was great. He is very positive. Everyone is excited."
The three-points against the Mariners ended a nine-game winless run and moved the Jets alongside their neighbours on 13 points, nine points outside the to six with 10 games remaining.
"We worked so hard during the week and we stayed focused," Petratos said. "To move up the table we need to get three points, we can't be getting draws and losses.
"The win brings a lot of confidence back to the players as individuals - and as a team - that we can go out there and perform and get the goals. It was a good feeling but it is just a stepping stone. Now we have to go on a good roll.
"It can't be just a one-off game where we do well and actually get the result. We have to strive to do the same every week. We have to go out there with one thought in our mind and that is to win."
The Jets take on eighth-placed Western Sydney at Bank West Stadium on Saturday night before hosting ninth-placed Melbourne Victory. Two wins would propel the Jets back into finals contention.
"Of course, we have to have belief [that we can make the six]," Petratos said. "We can't go into games not believing that. We have to take it a game at a time and have belief we can do it."
Petratos scored a well-taken brace and provided an assist in a welcomed return to form. It was not a surprise that his spark coincided with the return game of Roy O'Donovan.
The Irish striker didn't get on the scoreboard but he was a constant threat and energised the attack.
"It was like Roy never left," Petratos said. "I have a great relationship with him on and off the pitch. It brought that extra spark to the game and belief in our team. He makes very good runs and the defenders have to focus a lot on him. I go off his runs. If he comes to the ball, I go in behind. We have a good understanding.
"There were a lot of parts that brought the team up - the derby, Roy coming back, a new coach. We have been play well in the past few weeks and haven't got the results. We needed that result to start working our way up."
The Jets will be without Ben Kantarovski against Wanderers after the midfielder strained a quadriceps early in the derby.
The win, though deserved, was far from perfect. The Jets conceded three sloppy goals and failed to convert chances.
"Even on your best day, you have to find an area to improve," Petratos said. "Never be satisfied, always want to improve. The new coach will speak to us about what he wants and build from there."