Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd believes his side is making all the right noises ahead of the Super Rugby regular-season run-in and play-off games.
The pace-setters, who defeated the Crusaders 29-23 in Wellington, racked up their ninth success of the campaign from ten league matches on Saturday.
Despite losing fly-half Beauden Barrett in the derby showdown due to an injury, head coach Boyd was encouraged by what he is seeing from his in-form side.
"I think this group now has a good resolve among them. I didn't see any panic out there. Everyone knew what we needed to do, the heads were clear and we got the result," he told The Dominion Post.
"I think the pack showed good resolve and the dominant tackle defence in the last 20 minutes was crucial. I don't know if it that [resolve] was there before or not, but you have a very experienced side there.
"You are talking three or four guys with 100 games, a half dozen with 50, and there are ten guys who have worn the All Blacks jersey. Some guys are less experienced, but there is an awful lot of rugby intelligence in the team, so there is no need to get into the red."