Manly will be without star fullback Tom Trbojevic for the next two months as he nurses a hamstring injury but the players were putting on a brave front on Monday.
The Sea Eagles have confirmed Trbojevic is facing 6-9 weeks on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring for the second time this season. If the worst-case scenario eventuates, it will mean the 22-year-old is unavailable until round 13 in June, the week before game one of this year's Holden State of Origin series.
"The results have revealed that Trbojevic is expected to be out for between six to nine weeks," Manly's statement said. "He will now begin his rehabilitation with the Manly medical team."
And that started at their North Narrabeen headquarters on Monday.
After back-to-back wins, the Manly camp seemed on Monday upbeat despite Trbojevic's news. Players said any post-injury blues were alleviated by their No.1 being in such a good mood himself.
"I've seen him this morning and he's in high spirits, well as much as he can be," said forward Corey Waddell, who himself is getting through his concussion protocols this week to play the Knights on Saturday.
"Obviously Tom gone is a big blow for us and disappointing for him to come back and do that injury again.
"He'll hold his head high and get straight back into rehab and work out what's wrong with that hamstring there. He'll be around helping us 24-7 too."
Prop Addin-Fonua-Blake didn't like the memory of seeing his friend limp off.
"Obviously losing a player like Tom hurts the team... and he's one of my mates so I feel bad for him," he said.
"Hopefully he'll get it right this time and it doesn't happen again. Straight away you could see what pain he was in."
But Fonua-Blake praised the leadership of captain Daly Cherry-Evans during the South Sydney game in the immediate aftermath of Trbojevic being helped off.
"When Tommy went down, Daly got all the boys together and gave a bit of a speech asking everyone to lift a bit and it worked. He just knows what to say. He's all about the team," Fonua-Blake said.
Waddell has enjoyed being a Trbojevic teammate this season as opposed to trying to stop him as a Panthers player.
"I played against him in the 20s and he was always in our clips. But coming here he is an absolute freak," Waddell said.
"You watch that first game back against the Warriros and see how big a change he was for us. Having him at the back creates another dimension for our team.
"We're obviously so much more confident with him in our team. But now he's out we won't let it affect us too much going forward."