Moroka Swallows are aiming to continue their rise up the log standings in the third quarter of the Absa Premiership, when they take on Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Birds endured a painful run of disappointing results towards the end of last year, which had the team firmly pressed against a wall.
The 2-0 victory over Platinum Stars at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium in the last match of 2012, has seen the side rise emphatically up the log chasing a top eight spot and an opportunity to defend the MTN8 title.
Swallows' defence efforts have been under the spotlight as the side looks to have found a solution to stabilise the rate of goals conceded to a modest six goals, while scoring 10 on the other end.
Goalkeeper Greg Etafia has had the best view of all behind the defensive line, doing his bit with the gloves when the odd ball passes through.
In a chat with morokaswallows.co.za, Etafia speaks excitedly about the team's form this year but admitted that.
"This year has been a blessed year and I by the grace of God things will get better and better," the Birds' goalminder says.
"We deserve to be in a better position than we are now (in the overall log), we know that we can do much better.
"We have to work and continue to play as a team, with luck on our side we will go further up. We just want to take it one game at a time and one training session at a time."
The Nigerian 'keeper is being pushed by young Sage Lottering and Aubrey Mathibe, for a spot between the posts in the Birds starting line-up, whom he says he has built a strong bond.
"We work together as brothers because we've come a long way," he adds. "We help one another a lot. It's all about the team and not about which individual plays.
"I'm just grateful to first of all be playing at Swallows. It's not about how long you've been at Swallows but more about what you're contributing."