HEROIC Huddersfield Giants are finally out of the Super League play-off race.
Last night's 25-12 defeat against Warrington Wolves means the McAlpine club's last chance of getting into the top six has gone.
It's now a case of playing for pride when the Giants visit play-off chasers London Broncos in the final match of the season next Sunday.
But pride is one ingredient that will be guaranteed as coach Tony Smith's side look to finish the campaign on a high.
Smith admitted that last night's defeat has hit everyone hard inside the McAlpine camp, and the best way to bounce back is by securing success in the capital.
"We would have loved to have finished our home campaign on a high and still been talking about making the play-offs going into the final week," said Smith.
"But there's not always a fairytale ending, as we discovered last night.
"After the success we've enjoyed at home this year it's disappointing that we saved one of our lesser performances for last.
"The simple fact was that Warrington were too good for us. They out-played us, out-enthused us and out-muscled us.
"Unfortunately, we dug our own hole and Warrington helped put us in it.
"We can't make excuses for what happened last night, our downfall was solely down to us. We got what we deserved.
"But we won't spend too much time dwelling on the defeat.
"Next week is our last match of the season and preparing to make sure we finish it on a massive high starts right now."
Last night's match was, of course, Smith's last in charge of the Giants before he joins Leeds Rhinos for next season.
It was also the final home game for Huddersfield top trio Jamie Bloem, Steve McNamara and Jarrod O'Doherty, who were, ironically, the club's three pointscorers against the Wolves.
But Smith is adamant that the emotion involved in that fact wasn't a contributory factor in last night's below-par performance.
"Being our final home games isn't something we've touched on in training this week," he said.
"It would have been wrong if it had, because the priority this week was trying to keep in the play-offs.
"The priority next week is making sure we can savour success in London. Only then will we look back on what it all means."