THE Newcastle Knights took a lot of "confidence" out of the 34-24 triumph over Canberra.
And with halfback Mitchell Pearce to feature against Brisbane on Thursday, that self is "going to go up".
Pearce will be named in the No.7 jumper on Tuesday and barring a mishap will make a much-anticipated return from a hamstring injury.
Jake Clifford and Phoenix Crossland performed well in the halves but the Knights are much more threatening with Pearce calling the shots.
"Having Pearcy back is definitely a big help," Knights centre Bradman Best said.
"Our confidence and mindset is only going to go up. We know what he is capable of and it will be good to have him back on the field."
The win moved the Knights to 18 points, outside the top eight on points differential.
"We are definitely a team that can play semi-finals footy," Best said. "We have to keep training well and make sure we are switched on
"Against the Broncos we need to go in with the same mindset as we did the Raiders. It is do or die for us."
Pearce is the only likely change to the side for the clash against the 15th-placed Broncos.
Co-captain Jayden Brailey is almost certain to play despite suffering a head knock in the win over the Raiders. He returned to the field in the second half after passing a Head Injury Assessment.
The hooker has protocols to pass and although the short turnaround doesn't help, he is expected to play.
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