Jets on a high

Newcastle coach Branko Culina could not hide his delight after the Jets became the first team to win four matches in a row in this season's Hyundai A-League after beating the Fury 3-2 on Sunday.

Newcastle coach Branko Culina could not hide his delight after the Jets became the first team to win four matches in a row in this season's Hyundai A-League after beating the Fury 3-2 on Sunday.

The Jets prevailed over a gallant North Queensland side with veteran striker Sasho Petrovski slotting home the winner seven minutes from time after a brace from Fury forward Dyron Daal had cancelled out Newcastle's early 2-0 lead.

The win caps a fantastic run of results for the Jets that has seen them climb from the bottom of the table six weeks ago into a position in the top four and Culina couldn't be happier.

"Today we achieved what no other team in the A-League has this year, including Melbourne or Sydney, and that is to win four in a row," he said after Sunday's victory.

"When you get to that stage there is a little bit of stage fright as well because you think 'Oh my god is it possible that we can do that?' I think it played its part but credit to the players, they showed tremendous character."

"When they (Fury) equalised 2-2 it would have been easy for us to put our head down and say it is not going to be our day, but we didn't that is why we are winners."

Culina conceded that Sunday's win over the Fury was scrappy but he said when team confidence and self-belief is up, winning can become a habit.

"When you are winning you don't necessarily have to play pretty football and we certainly didn't do that today but because we are winners, we just keep winning," he remarked. "But who the hell cares - it all equals three points."

"If you compare that to the way we played against Sydney or Adelaide or even the Gold Coast last week you'd probably say it was as entertaining because there were many goals but certainly the fluency wasn't there as it was against Sydney, Adelaide or the Gold Coast."

"But we don't want to say too much because people might take us seriously."

Culina said a major reason for the Jets recent run of success was their willingness to take risks, including playing three forwards up front in a strong attacking formation.

"You've got to take risks in this game," he said. "It would have been easy for us to stick to a 4-4-2 which served us quite well."

"But I felt we weren't in the game in the first 15 to 20 minutes, not the way wanted to be, we were being over-run, so we moved to a 4-3-3 when we did that, maybe one of the three upfront wasn't the ideal one so we addressed that at half-time."

The major change Culina made at the break was to bring on talisman Petrovski, who was playing his 100th A-League match, for Kaz Patafta attacking midfielder. The move proved a masterstroke as the veteran striker scored the winning goal for the second time in as many matches.

"I am delighted for him because that is the best way to answer me and everyone else who had doubts about his ability," Culina said of Petrovski.