Blues captain James Parsons admitted that his side can still improve despite their 17-13 victory over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.
The victory means the men from Auckland are still at the bottom of the New Zealand Conference table on 29 points after 11 matches, six points adrift of their nearest rivals, the Hurricanes.
The Blues, who suffered a 43-5 loss to the Lions last weekend, outscored their hosts two tries to one but the result could so easily have gone to the Force's way as they had the Blues on the back-foot in the game's closing stages.
"Story of our season, I suppose again we haven't quite put that complete performance together," said Parsons after the match.
"But we've grown something special in terms of our pride for the jersey.
"Last week was a slip-up and we really wanted to show this emblem here (on the jersey) means something to us. I'm proud of the group to hold on, but we know we've got plenty to work on."
The Blues were made to work hard for the result but a positive aspect was their defence, especially during the early and latter parts of the second half when after Charlie Faumuina and Nic Mayhew were sent to the sin bin.
"We probably didn't take the points we needed (early in the second spell) and then we were hard on defence pretty much for the whole second half. But we're happy with the win," added Parsons.