Ex-Adelaide United attacker Dario Vidosic says bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix can take belief from the Reds' run from last to champions in the 2015-16 A-League season.
The Reds were last, without a win and only three points after eight rounds in the 2015/16 campaign before going on a remarkable run to clinch both the championship and premiership.
Wellington have claimed one win inside their opening seven matches, but are last with only five points having suffered a dismal 4-1 home loss to Central Coast on Saturday.
Phoenix have conceded a league-high 17 goals, including 12 in the past four matches.
Vidosic, who was part of the Western Sydney Wanderers side which lost to United in the 2015/16 Grand Final, referenced the Reds when discussing Wellington's belief going ahead.
"We've got to continue working, there's a long long way to go," Vidosic said.
"We can look towards Adelaide at what they've done.
"I was there that year when they went from last to first and beat us in the Grand Final and we were pretty much first all year.
"It doesn't matter too much where you are now. They proved that. It's the end of the season that really matters.
"There's alot more football to be played, we can't give up now."
Vidosic added: "We still have to have confidence and keep practicing the way we want to play."
The 23-time Socceroo, who has netted four goals this term, admitted that Wellington's recent defensive woes were an issue, but said the whole XI needed to take the blame.
"It is, yeah. It's not just the defence, it's the whole unit, the whole XI," he said.
"We defend from the front. It's something we need to look at, whether our pressure was applied well enough whether it allowed them easy passes.
"We knew they want to play it short and look between the lines, perhaps that was our wrongdoing on the weekend.
"We've always been fairly tight. We've conceded some silly goals. It's never been teams outplaying us or got past us, the majority have been from our wrongdoing, passing backwards not forward and putting ourselves under pressure.
"Teams at this level punish you."