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Taking nothing for granted

PRESS PLAY above to watch the Swallow/Dal Santo media conference. Andrew Swallow and Nick Dal Santo front the media from the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, which will host this year's Grand Final Breakfast. The band ARC were announced as the headline.

Midfielder Nick Dal Santo says he and his teammates won't be expecting any easy wins in the final four weeks of the home and away season.

Speaking at a promotion of the club's 2015 Blackwoods Grand Final Breakfast, Dal Santo said the evenness of this year's competition was evident each and every week.

"The words of 'easy game' or 'just a walkover' are gone," Dal Santo said.

"That's the beauty of our competition. It's so competitive at the moment and you don't have to be much off your game to be made to look pretty ordinary."

North has now notched up five wins in a row, with victories over Geelong, Essendon, Brisbane, Carlton and Melbourne.

Despite those teams sitting lower on the ladder, and with a clash against 13th placed St Kilda to come in Hobart on Saturday, Dal Santo said North couldn't afford to take the foot off the gas.

"I look at our last month ... we've played teams that are lower on the ladder than us, but they are not easy games.

"Yesterday was a really good example of that you can come out and be up by five goals at quarter time and then at half time it's pretty much level.

Meanwhile, North skipper Andrew Swallow said the recent loss to Gold Coast was a turning point in the club's season.

Swallow said on Monday that loss to the then-bottom side, had forced the entire football club to "re-focus".

"I think we just didn't show up that week," he said.

"Since then we went back to some real basics and focused on what we could control and so far it's working.

"We really re-focussed."

The Roos are yet to be beaten since that day, including Sunday's win over an improved Demons side, which Swallow said was a bruising encounter.

"They were really good and really pushed us in the second and third quarters," he added.

"They outplayed us in parts of the game - you've got to give them a lot of credit."