It is no secret that just four weeks ago the Saints were far from thinking about the top eight.
An 111-point loss to the Bulldogs and late fallings to the Crows and Swans had fans holding on to little-to-no hope.
However, despite mass disbelief surrounding the club, recent events have allowed the Saints to completely turn their season around.
So do St Kilda actually have what it takes to make the eight?
With the race to make the eight heating up, surprising wins against the reigning premiers and the Brisbane Lions have left the Saints as top contenders in stealing the last spots for September.
Saints midfielder Zak Jones commends such newfound hope on the younger generation of saints.
Players such as Max King are the embodiment of hope for the saints.
After struggling to find confidence up front, King has kicked seven goals in his past three matches, including three in seven minutes against one of the competition's best tall defenders in Harris Andrews on the weekend.
Mature-aged defensive recruit, Tom Highmore, also continues to shine up the other end of the field, completing a team-high nine intercepts from 16 disposals on the weekend.
Since Marshall returned in Round 15, St Kilda have not lost a game.
Ryder has made it clear that he is the best player (he) can be with Rowan Marshall in the side.
Since the start of last year:
St Kilda with Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder: 14-6
With one or both missing: 5-10
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) July 11, 2021
"He complements my game so much and makes it easier for me to play football,” Ryder said on the Sounds of the Saints podcast.
With the excellence of Jack Steele also not to be overlooked, the Saints' current form is looking to be a prime chance at making the eight and gatecrashing the hopes of their close rivals.
Whilst currently in ninth position on the ladder, Ratten's team are set for a challenging ride home - facing four current top-eight sides in their final stretch.
Red white and back in business.
— Darren Parkin (@Darren_Parkin) July 10, 2021