We're better than bottom spot - McGowan
Two wins in their last four games has lifted Adelaide United's confidence in their task of avoiding a first-to-last slump.
The Reds, who won the double of Premier's Plate and championship last season, have struggled throughout this campaign and have spent 12 of the last 14 weeks in bottom place.
Just two victories in their first 19 games saw Guillermo Amor's side hit bottom spot, but with the wooden spoon beckoning they have finally found some form.
Adelaide beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Coopers Stadium on Sunday to close within two points of ninth-placed Central Coast, who they visit next weekend.
Defender Dylan McGowan hailed the win over John Aloisi's side, sealed by Sergio Cirio's 99th-minute penalty after Roar keeper Michael Theo was sent off.
"It was a massive win for us and especially for the fans," said McGowan. "And the way we've been going recently for the team morale and a little bit of confidence."
He added: "We've got a lot of young boys in the team that haven't won too many games in their career. It's important we finish the season as strong as possible and try and repay some of the faith the club and the fans have showed us over the year."
Climbing off bottom spot by beating the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium would be a massive result, said the defender.
"We definitely don't want to finish last and as a squad we think we're better than that," he added. "I don't want to go from champions to finishing last, so that's a massive motivation within the squad and club; we'll fight and scratch as hard as we can to get ourselves up the table."
Adelaide are 12121/1 to finish in the top six.
United are 7/4 to finish bottom of the table.
View all Soccer betting