Nathan Jones tries to break a tackle against the Lions. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: HeraldSun.com.au

Melbourne won its fifth game of the season yesterday, a feat not achieved since 2011.

The Demons’ 24-point victory over Brisbane may have been low scoring and scrappy, but it is a sign of improvement none the less according to Melbourne coach Paul Roos.

“It is a really important win for us,’’ Roos said.

“I don’t think we can undervalue it. There is no question for us to go to the market and go to members and sponsors and say we are improving, you need to see improvement.

“We had put together a five-week patch of good footy but up until today we had won one game so 2-3 is a lot better than 1-4.

“I think it shows the fans we are improving and getting better.

“I said to the players after the game we are one win up on last year with seven games to go, we need to keep improving and the best way for the players to continue to work hard is by winning. It is the catalyst that keeps you coming to training to work on your deficiencies.”

The win is Melbourne’s fifth for the year, one up on last season’s tally of four and the club’s most successful season since their eight-win season in 2011.

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The past three years have yielded a combined 10 wins for the club.