Damien Hardwick saluted his Richmond players as they bounced back to winning way against Port Adelaide on Thursday night.
The Tigers are priced at 12/1 to finish in the top eight this season and jumped to eighth position on the ladder with the hard-fought 12 point win over the Power.
The Tigers were on the wrong end of a close game last week when they slipped to a six-point defeat against the Sydney Swans and Hardwick was delighted to come out on top on this occasion.
They now have 7-5 win-loss record and Hardwick was pretty pleased after the win.
"It is (important), especially after the Sydney loss, against a really good side like Port," Hardwick told reporters. "To win those games against sides vying for spots in the eight it's really important."
It also turned out to be a very memorable knight for debutante Judson Clarke. The 18-year-old booted two goals with his first two kicks in AFL footy. And Hardwick believes he has the potential to be a star of the future.
"He's just a footy head, he's a smart player," Hardwick added. "He gets in spots that are really dangerous. Everything he does is clean. He's going to get better. The conditions probably didn’t favour him tonight. He's like another Kane Lambert."
Hardwick also confirmed that he hopes to have Tom Lynch back available when the Tigers face Carlton on Thursday.