Leading South Sydney stars admit a 'straight-sets' finals exit would rightly be deemed a failure, leaving a black mark on the club's best season in more than two decades.
The Rabbitohs must defeat Canberra in Saturday night's elimination semi-final at ANZ Stadium to keep their season alive following the crushing 24-6 loss to Melbourne in week one of the finals.
Defeat to the Raiders, according to the Rabbitohs' senior playing group, would undo all the good work and momentum gained during Souths' finest season since 1989.
"It would definitely be a failure (if we lost)," full-back Greg Inglis conceded.
"We see last week as a failure.
"We know what's at stake and we've just got to go out and perform the best we can and hopefully walk away with a win.
"We've got to forget about last week and concentrate on this week."
Asked if he agreed back-to-back losses would be considered a failure, key forward Sam Burgess replied: "I'm not thinking that way but it would be obviously.
"It's not the way we want to finish the season.
"It is knockout time and we're looking forward to the game.
"We've got a great challenge in front of us."
Winger Nathan Merritt, who plays his 200th match on Saturday night, added: "It would be very disappointing to go out.
"We've had a big year and we don't want to finish this weekend.
"We are very confident going into this game."
Co-captain Roy Asotasi believes the 'must-win' nature of an elimination final will bring the best out in the Bunnies.
He said: "In a weird way it's probably good we're now playing sudden-death football because we get to leave everything out there on the field.
"There are no second chances.
"We've spoken about it (not throwing away the season). Last week we got taught a finals lesson by the Storm but we can turn that all around on Saturday night."
Merritt will definitely play after overcoming a shoulder injury while a croaky-voiced Inglis insists he'll be right despite picking up a throat infection.