Ian Richardson says Claremont have the best squad in the WAFL, with the premiers still aiming to finish the home-and-away season in top spot to give themselves the best shot at consecutive flags.
The Tigers arrested an alarming mid-season slump in dramatic circumstances at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.
They appeared headed for a third straight defeat after trailing Subi-aco by 40 points at the 15-minute mark of the third quarter.
But four second-half goals from Richardson helped change all that, with Claremont storming home with 10 of the last 11 majors to snatch a 13-point win - 16.13 (109) to 15.6 (96).
The result left the third-placed Tigers still two wins adrift of Swan Districts, but Richardson said his side was still eyeing the minor premiership.
"You want to be the best in the comp going into finals. We did that last year and we were able to convert it into a premiership. That's the aim now," he said.
"We've had a little bit of a shaky two weeks, but we've set ourselves for a big second half of the year and that's when the business end of the season is.
"It's a real confidence booster knowing now that we can do that whenever we're that far behind. We've got the talent - the best squad in the WAFL."
Richardson said the team would now set themselves to beat flag rivals Swans and East Perth in the run to the finals.
The result righted the ship for Claremont following defeats to lowly Peel Thunder and East Perth, but left the Lions three victories outside the top four with their September hopes now grim.
Claremont coach Marc Webb said his players needed to be more consistent with their effort.
"The things that happen sometimes are that when you've been a successful team for a few years, you might wait for something to happen at times," Webb said.
"I think the boys have to be respectful that this competition this year is tight and there's going to be quality teams."
The Lions shocked Claremont during the second term in booting seven unanswered goals.
The blitz was driven by Subiaco captain Aidan Parker, who excelled playing both in the ruck and defence.
Midfielder Rob Forrest was also highly influential, shutting down Sandover medallist Luke Blackwell and hurting Claremont on the rebound with two-long range goals.
Four of the first five majors in the third quarter on the back of their centre square dominance had Subiaco looking home and hosed before the Tigers discovered some grunt in the form of Jake Murphy.
The 22-year-old was a key to his side's revival before being carried off the ground with concussion 10 minutes into the final term. Richardson, Tom Lee and Chad Jones did the rest.Maligned Fremantle forward Jack Anthony produced his second encouraging performance despite the loss.
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