Gareth Ellis insists Hull FC will relish their underdogs tag against Huddersfield Giants in the first of two Super League preliminary semi-finals as they attempt to create history.
Hull finished the regular season in sixth but no side has won the Grand Final from that position -- although reigning champions Leeds have made a habit of placing fifth and going on to collect the title.
By contrast, the Giants secured this year's League Leaders' Shield but have lost their last two games, the most important being the 22-8 defeat to Wigan in their first to fourth place qualifying play-off.
They get a second chance against Hull, though, having finished top, while the Black and Whites claimed a critical 14-4 victory over Catalan Dragons in their fifth to eighth place elimination play-off.
And Hull will be looking to continue their fine knock-out record this term, which has seen them go all the way to Wembley and last month's Challenge Cup final, where they lost 16-0 to Wigan.
And Ellis, who returned to Super League this season after a spell with Wests Tigers in the NRL, is eager to take advantage with everything on the line in their preliminary semi-final clash on Thursday.
"It's do-or-die now and, while we won't be the first team to win from outside the top four, we could be the first to win from sixth," said Ellis.
"The reality is sixth was probably where we deserved to finish in the table after some of our ups and downs this season.
"But we're confident now, having proven that we can beat the top teams, that we can do something in these play-offs.
"We've taken points from everybody above us in the table this year barring Huddersfield and we pushed them close both times.
"So that shows the potential is there and hopefully we will have another good crack at them on Thursday.
"It's a huge challenge for us but that type of rugby has probably brought the best out of us this season, so hopefully it can again."
In the other preliminary semi-final, St Helens will also be looking to upset the odds when they take on Leeds and coach Nathan Brown believes their recent upturn in form could hold the key.
The Saints underwhelmed for much of the regular season but eventually finished fifth after winning six of their final seven Super League fixtures.
They followed that up with victory in their elimination play-off against Hull KR while Leeds, who finished fourth, get a second chance following their qualifying play-off loss to Warrington.
And Brown, who failed to lead St George to a NRL Grand Final while in charge, believes the confidence running through the side could see them topple the Rhinos on Friday.
"We have played some good sides in the last few weeks and had some good results. We can take that into the game and we know we can do well," said Brown.
"The players want to do well. They have been in a number of big games over the years and we want to do well to give ourselves a shot at Old Trafford."
Thursday September 19
Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC
Friday September 20
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens