Melbourne Storm got everything they needed from their eight-point victory over the Cowboys on Friday night, but veteran coach Craig Bellamy admits he wasn't completely satisfied.
The Storm picked up the two points and didn't pick up any fresh injury concerns with the 24-16 triumph and now head into the finals on the back of three straight victories.
That would be enough to please most coaches, but Bellamy is a hard taskmaster and the veteran mentor is hoping for an improved performance when his side hosts either the Rabbitohs or the Raiders next weekend.
"It probably wasn't our best win of the season," an honest Bellamy said post-match.
"We were probably a bit flat at stages ... hopefully we will iron that out next week.
"Last week (against the Sea Eagles) we were clinical and energy levels were really good, but we weren’t quite there tonight."
The Storm will regain winger Josh Addo-Carr, star five-eighth Cameron Munster and interchange forward Brandon Smith for next week's clash after the trio were rested for the final regular season game.
Dynamic fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen will likely earn another start in the No.1 jersey after he ran for a career-high 300 metres against North Queensland.
Starting a match for just the sixth time in his fledgling career, the 21-year-old made 66 post-contact metres and had five tackle breaks in a stellar display.
"He always wants to be on the ball and that is what you like from him," Bellamy said.
"His involvements have been really good and he came up for a couple of big plays for us tonight.
"He doesn’t fear anything he goes flat out for us... the want he shows to be around the ball is quite remarkable for a kid his age."
The Raiders' clash against the Warriors will determine Melbourne's opponent for week one of the finals and Bellamy will switch to preparation mode around 4.30pm on Saturday.
"I think we are going to have four or five guys who haven’t played semi-final football next week and that is an exciting time for those guys," he said.
"Hopefully they can continue on what they have done this year."