Any nagging doubt Brisbane's players may have had about their AFL finals credentials disappeared at the final siren of last weekend's win over Geelong.
The Lions soared to the top of the ladder with a thrilling one-point win over the Cats at the Gabba, having trailed by 17 inside the final 10 minutes of the clash.
As the sell-out crowd of 35,608 celebrated, Lions players and head coach Chris Fagan expressed their joy at the victory and midfielder Hugh McCluggage said that emotional response was genuine.
In round five this year, the Lions froze on the big stage in front of a capacity crowd at the Gabba when Collingwood left Brisbane with a 62-point win.
McCluggage said that had been on the players minds heading into the Cats' clash.
"When we played Collingwood back on the Thursday night we didn't perform very well and obviously you have those little doubts creep in, if you can perform with a big crowd and things like that," the 21-year-old told AAP.
"That (Cats win) probably has helped the confidence.
"Shows that we're capable in those moments.
"We learnt a lot from the last quarter when it was very loud and we couldn't hear each other speak ... we took a lot out of that because that's ultimately what it's going to be like if you want to be playing in those big games."
McCluggage has missed just one match in 2019 and Fagan said his young midfielder should be in All Australian contention after a stellar year.
McCluggage himself just wants to secure a top two finish in Sunday's MCG blockbuster against Richmond - ensuring two more huge Gabba crowds in the finals.
"Everyone wants those home finals, they're invaluable," he said.
"We'll be going out there and playing this week like it is a final ... we want to go out and play with pressure and play hard."
Australian Associated Press