St George Illawarra are taking inspiration from Friday opponents Penrith as their quickly-fading NRL season goes on the line.
The Dragons are expected to be boosted by the return of forward leader James Graham for the crunch clash at Panthers Stadium.
After crashing to a 36-14 mauling at the hands of Canberra on Sunday, there is little room for error for the Dragons in the final two months of the regular season if they hope to play finals for a second straight year.
In 14th spot on 14 points, they require seven wins from their final eight games to reach the 28-point mark which has been viewed as the cut-off benchmark for the top eight in recent years.
Despite having just six wins all year, McGregor remained adamant his side could not only march into September, but win the competition.
As they prepare to face Penrith, Graham said the Dragons only needed to look at the Panthers' six-game winning streak - and Newcastle - who went six games unbeaten from rounds seven to 13 - as proof that a finals berth wasn't out of reach.
"It can be done," Graham said.
"There's plenty of examples - Penrith spring to mind because they're the latest team in form.
"Three months ago it was Newcastle and look where they are now.
"It's not like we're looking to achieve the impossible."
The Dragons face four current top-eight teams in the run home as well as ninth-placed Cronulla.
However they will also twice face last-placed Gold Coast, who on Sunday sacked coach Garth Brennan.
"It's hard to single anything out, we're looking for answers and it's frustrating because we know what we're capable of and we're not fulfilling our potential," Graham said.
"We need to step up to the plate, we've still got two months left, we can turn something around and show everyone what we're made of."
Graham has been absent since round 11 due to a fractured fibula but said he expected to be passed fit.
"They're weighing up that risk of re-fracture, just getting the movement patterns back into training, weighing up whether they're where they need to be," Graham said.
"Another week of training under my belt and I should be alright to go."
FAILING TO BREATH FIRE
St George Illawarra's run in the final eight NRL rounds.
* Round 18 - Penrith (8th) at Panthers Stadium
* Round 19 - South Sydney (2nd) at ANZ Stadium
* Round 20 - Parramatta (6th) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
* Round 21 - Gold Coast (16th) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
* Round 22 - Cronulla (9th) at PointsBet Stadium
* Round 23 - Sydney Roosters (4th) at at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
* Round 24 - Wests Tigers (11th) at SCG
* Round 25 - Gold Coast (16th) at Cbus Super Stadium
Australian Associated Press