West Coast coach Adam Simpson believes his teams ability to win while struggling has given it the foundation to attack the second half of the season.
The Eagles trailed by 19 points during the third quarter against an injury-riddled Melbourne, but finished with a flurry with seven of the next eight goals to win by 16 points.
Simpson admitted he was still concerned by the inconsistency being shown by his charges, but winning provided them with opportunities for the rest of the season.
We havent quite hit a four-quarter performance, but were winning. Thats the pleasing part, Simpson said.
Were 6-3 and hopefully setting up a really good platform for the second half of the season.
Were not playing at our best. Teams are shutting us down and were not helping ourselves as well but if were alive in the contest, we can keep getting to work.
The way we played in the last quarter was around the contest.
We were winning the ball and getting deeper entries. The boys have been around for a while. They know some of the things we can go to if we have to.
Melbourne played daring football, but left the door ajar after not making the most of their chances.
Elliot Yeo and Shannon Hurn were superb for the premiers, while spearhead Josh Kennedy kicked four goals.
On a day where he announced his partner was pregnant with twins, Liam Ryan lodged his nomination for mark of the year with a spectacular leap over Max Gawn. He then put the Eagles one goal in front with eight minutes left.
It was great for Liam, Simpson said. Hes worked his backside off in the last couple of years.
Hes come from a long way back. Hes still got a lot of work to do but his endeavour and work rate and commitment to the club has been first class.
West Coast have some injury concerns. Will Schofield withdrew from last nights team with general soreness, and Daniel Venables was concussed in the second quarter.
Lewis Jetta faces scrutiny for a dangerous tackle on a confused Tim Smith after the Demons head hit the ground with his arms pinned.
We came over here with a fairly young side, against a mature side, and I thought we really took it up to them, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said.