It sounds strange when speaking about St Kilda, but the Saints must tighten up its usually rock-solid team defence to bridge the gap between themselves and the top eight teams.
The 10th-placed Saints are just one game behind eighth-placed North Melbourne and ninth-placed Fremantle heading into a manageable run home in the last five weeks, but one that begins with a difficult challenge this Saturday night - Collingwood at the MCG.
Scott Watters has his team playing a high-powered, attacking style that ranks the club fifth in the AFL for scoring and third for converting forward 50 entries into scores.
Yet the trade off has come at the other end, with the Saints ranked eighth in the league for points against - the club was top four last year under Ross Lyon - and ninth in the AFL for conceding scores from inside 50s - in which the club was top two last year.
Defender Sean Dempster says St Kilda's offence has been "pretty steady over the journey", but its defensive work needs to improve.
"It's not a lot, it's just one or two goals a week that we are giving away, which are costing us," he said.
"But if we can improve on that over the next five weeks then that is going to hold us in good stead."
Dempster, who Watters rates as one of three players who have impressed him the most at St Kilda, will draw an assignment against one of the Pies' small forwards this weekend, possibly Jarryd Blair or Steele Sidebottom, he predicts.
While defence is the area that needs attention this week and beyond, Dempster said the Saints were confident it could apply enough scoring pressure on fourth-placed Collingwood.
The Saints have 10 players in double figures for goals this year - a list headed by a rejuvenated Nick Riewoldt (48 goals), Stephen Milne (42) and Justin Koschitzke (26) and also featuring five midfielders, Nick Dal Santo, Jack Steven, Leigh Montagna, David Armitage and Lenny Hayes.
"Collingwood don't have too many weaknesses, but the way we move the ball and the way we attack is going to hold us in good stead," he said.
"Our defence has been slowly getting better. The first half of the year wasn't great, but if we can keep improving on our defence then the offence takes care of itself."
After this week, the Saints play just one other top eight team - Geelong in round 21 - sandwiched between matches against lowly-ranked Melbourne and GWS, before finishing by playing an improving Carlton.
The Saints will be sweating on today's match review panel findings, in which incidents involving Beau Wilkes and Milne will be assessed.
The fitness of small forward Adam Schneider is also a minor concern, after the veteran was subbed out of yesterday's 76-point thrashing of the Western Bulldogs with a hamstring complaint that the club hopes is only tightness.
However, the Saints are confident back-up ruckman Rhys Stanley, who Watters rates as the team's most important "structure" player, will return from injury in the next fortnight to support No. 1 big man Ben McEvoy.