The Queensland Firebirds still hold hope of reaching the finals of the trans-Tasman netball competition after a 63-43 win over the West Coast Fever in Brisbane on Sunday.
The Firebirds knew anything less than a win over the Fever in the round 13 clash would have brought their title defence to an end and responded with the biggest win of their season.
But if the Firebirds are to sneak into the finals, they need to beat in-form Waikato/Bay of Plenty next week in New Zealand and have other results fall their way.
"We're not watching any of that," Firebirds captain Lauren Nourse said in regards to their uncertain finish to the season.
"You can easily get caught up in all those things you can't control and we're very mindful of controlling what we can. We approached this game with a really positive outlook on what we wanted to achieve, and it will be the same this week.
"The Magic is a tough ask over there for any team - they're obviously in form so it's kind of a bit like a grand final for us.
"We'll hopefully come away with a win, and then it's in the hands of other people, that's all we can do."
After losing influential defensive player Keirra Trompf to a season-ending injury in the lead-up to the match, the Firebirds, spearheaded by a 38-goal performance by goal attack Natalie Medhurst, led at every change to subject the Fever to their eighth loss in a row.
"We were very determined and obviously we knew it was going to be tough, but we always planned and hoped that we could run on top of them," Nourse said.
Goalkeeper Laura Geitz (three interceptions, six deflections) and centre Elissa Macleod (four assists) also performed strongly for the Firebirds.
For the Fever, centre Ashleigh Brazill (eight assists, two interceptions) and goal shooter Caitlin Bassett (35 goals) were the best in a beaten side.