Crusaders captain Kieran Read believes his team are heading in the right direction following their 52-31 win in Bloemfontein.
The visitors scored six tries, including a hat-trick for Nemani Nadolo, as the 'Saders left South Africa with two wins from two after also defeating the Lions.
It marks a turnaround for Todd Blackadder's men after an underwhelming start. but they have now won four of their last five matches.
"We are still very much in it (contention). I think every team is still in with a shout for a place in the play-offs," said Read.
"It's a very tough competition and we have to build on our momentum. Another big test awaits us next weekend against the Chiefs. We have to travel well and recover and take it from there."
Reflecting on the victory at Free State Stadium, Read was pleased to see the Crusaders open up their attacking game and rack up a half century.
"The Cheetahs are a great side and showed how good they were, especially in that ten minutes in the second half. That put us under a lot of pressure, but I'm proud of the way we just stuck at it and came back strong," added Read.
"Both teams were tiring near the end and it came down to moments of brilliance by a few guys. That's what happens. It's part of the work.
"Certainly we are happy to be on the right side of the result this time around. It was certainly a job well done from our side. We certainly saw what we are capable of if we attack. Now we just have to build on that."