Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip applauded Aaron Mooy but reminded his players their 5-1 thumping of Perth Glory will mean little if they can't string wins together.
Mooy was supreme in City's win on Friday, playing a role in every one of the home side's goals at AAMI Park, including converting a second-half penalty, and Van 't Schip confirmed the Socceroos midfielder's blistering form has attracted interest from other clubs.
But the Dutch coach remained reticent about celebrating the victory too much due to City's reputation for inconsistency.
Van 't Schip challenged his players to carry Friday's performance into their next two games - trips to Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets, respectively.
"With the confidence that we build on, we have to use it in the right way and in the past we haven't [after big wins]," he said at his post-match media conference.
"We've had problems in getting another result and that defines the next step...we want to be with the best but we're not there yet because if you want to be there you've got to more consistent."
While City went into half-time leading 3-1, Van 't Schip claimed he and his players were not impressed at the break - "it could have been 4-4" - but he was more satisfied with the second half.
One constant joy, however, was watching Mooy run the show and Van 't Schip argued the 25-year-old could play in just about any league in the world.
"Aaron's a great player," the former Ajax and Netherlands midfielder said.
"He's showing already with the Socceroos that he's having the same kind of importance, and delivering the free-kicks, delivering the assists, as he's doing in the A-League.
"So I'm confident Aaron can play at a very high and good level."
Van 't Schip insisted though that Mooy is happy in Melbourne, while the Dutchman could not resist a jibe at Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi after City raised their goals-per-game ratio to 2.25 - the highest in the A-League.
"Not bad for a team that plays 'anti-football'," he said, referring to Aloisi's comments last week.
In some worrying news for City, their coach admitted winger Corey Gameiro came off in the second half with an injury to the same knee that required a reconstruction last season.
Gameiro knocked knees with Nebojsa Marinkovic as he attempted to tackle the Perth midfielder and will need a scan to discover the full extent of the injury.