St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin saluted the battling qualities of his side as they edged past the Sydney Roosters 14-12 on Anzac Day.
The Dragons are priced at 13/5 to finish in the top eight and the win over the Roosters should give them some confidence as they moved up to 10th place on the ladder.
The Dragons bossed the first half and were leading 14-0 at half-time but the Rooster came fight back after the break and went close to winning it.
Only some outstanding defence by the Dragons prevented that from happening and Griffin was delighted with the way his side hung in until the end.
"We honoured the theme of the day with the way we played," Griffin said. "We had every reason to lose that game in the last 20 minutes, but we refused to lose. They got what they deserved in the end. They just hung in really tight when we needed to."
Ben Hunt was also outstanding for the Dragons and he also felt defence was the key.
"It's definitely up there (as our best) as a club," Hunt said."I said we're going to win this on our defence. And that's what happened in the end."
Meanwhile Roosters coach Trent Robinson felt his side paid the price for not taking their chances throughout the whole game.
"We had a lot of opportunities; we created enough field position," Robinson said. "You need to convert that field position into execution of plays to score those tries."