Gerard Beale and his Cronulla Sharks teammates returned to training on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the side's 'do or die' clash with the Rabitohs on Sunday.
Beale indicated that there was a good vibe amongst the camp despite a last-start loss to Manly, but said that the team will need to rise to the big occasion at the weekend if they are to keep their premiership hopes alive.
"There's a 'different' feel in the camp, and we feel like we have to take it to another level now," he said.
"I'm sure the other teams out there are feeling the same."
Having not played finals football since his time as a Bronco in 2012, the 25-year-old said that he and the Sharks are looking forward to what promises to be a big day at the Allianz Stadium.
"Knowing that it's knock-out now for us, it's easy to get caught up in the added pressure," he said.
"I try to look at it as 'another game', but it's going to be exciting."
Beale also discussed the pending return of Andrew Fifita, and the impact that he and his twin David stand to have on the side if included in Flanagan's final 17.
Watch the interview with Beale, now playing on Sharks TV.