Confidence is "sky-high" at the Wellington Phoenix as they celebrated a a convincing win over the Brisbane Roar on Saturday.
A club record 4-1 win over Brisbane at Westpac Stadium was their third on the trot, a feat they last achieved in March 2015. On top of that, it was their 100th win as a club in the A-League.
With the scores locked at 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining, David Williams, Roy Krishna and Sarpreet Singh all found the back of the net to seal the three points which assured the Phoenix of a place in the top six for Christmas.
The Phoenix face a tough opponent in their next match, against the Melbourne Victory, who have snared 19 of a possible 21 points since losing their opening two games this season.
Phoenix coach Mark Rudan is confident his players can stun the defending A-League champions in Melbourne on December 28.
"Confidence is sky-high, belief is sky-high, and we'll take on anyone right now. We've got nothing to lose," he said.
"We did a job on them [Victory] in pre-season, but they're a different team now, like we are. Happy days, beautiful, let's take these challenges on. Love it."
Rudan also heaped praise onto young midfielder Singh, who continues to exceed expectations this season. The 19-year-old was named man-of-the-match after his magical goal in injury time when he curled an angled free kick into the goal in the 90th minute.
"I almost got down on my hands and knees and started bowing as well [after the goal]. The kid is going places.
"He really took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half. We ask him to be the man, regardless of his age, and today he responded.
"We take a lot of caution protecting him because we understand what the big bad world can be.
"It's important that we keep him level-headed and that he focuses purely on his craft of being a professional footballer."