Western Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Wallis says his enthusiastic celebration after last Friday night's NAB Cup win over Hawthorn highlighted how important it was for the team to break its losing streak.
The Dogs beat the Hawks by one point, their first victory since June 17 last year.
Their next challenge is repeating that effort against Fremantle in Mandurah on Saturday.
"If you had have watched the vision, I went up after the game. I was pretty excited but then I got brought back to reality that it is a practice match," Wallis said.
"I'm still passionate about winning. I've only had a few so every one counts. Going into this week, we've had a win last week so you're confident that the structures and the game plan that we have can hold up.
"In the rooms after the game it was just a different feel. It's been a while since our last win. Eight or nine months. To get that feeling again gives us confidence.
"Training this week has been great so far just with how we feel and how we're going about it."
Wallis said the Dogs' skills had been a lot better than in the past and that meant they weren't constantly chasing the opposition after turning over the ball.
And he said the team's ability to finish off quarters was also clear after it fought back from 14 points down during the final term. The Bulldogs were outscored 153-56 during time-on of final quarters during their 11-match losing streak last season.
"That's been a main focus of us," Wallis said.
"Finishing off quarters and not leaking goals late in quarters. To fight back in the last five minutes of quarters was really great and a really promising sign for this year."The Dockers and Bulldogs will play again in round two of the home-and-away season.
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