Daly Cherry-Evans has told Manly teammates its time to show the club's steely resolve with another backs-to-the-wall win against St George Illawarra.
Battered by injuries and now the Addin Fonua-Blake drama, Manly will go into Sunday's clash without their first-choice fullback, five-eighth, hooker and starting prop.
Cherry-Evans uttered similar words to Sea Eagles players in their round-six defeat of Canberra, when they were reduced to just 15 men after seven minutes.
And with the pressure on them after two losses in the fortnight since, the captain said Sunday would give them another chance to pull off a similar win.
"We are short a couple of troops so this (Fonua-Blake's suspension) just adds to it," Cherry-Evans said
"We'd like to think we are a resilient side so the show goes on without him unfortunately.
"We've just got to deal with it the best way this club usually deals with injuries and adversities.
"To get on with it, try and go out and play well and let the performances do the talking.
"I've been a involved in of plenty of wins like that at this club, and hopefully this weekend is a chance to go out and do it again."
Fonua-Blake met NRL boss Andrew Abdo on Thursday, but no further information on his anti-vilification breach notice is expected for days.
Teammates have refused to blame Fonua-Blake for his self-inflicted two-game absence, noting that suspensions are part of rugby league.
Nor have they discussed their bad run of referee calls, albeit with Cherry-Evans joking they'd like Graham Annesley in the bunker after he agreed two match-defining decisions had wrongly gone against them in a month.
"We just can't worry about it, it's happened," Jake Trbojevic said.
"We don't talk about it at all. It's obviously disappointing when it happens but we've got to move on."
Fonua-Blake has been arguably their best forward this year, averaging the most running metres of any prop in the NRL with 180 per game.
There is some hope Dylan Walker could return in a fortnight, while Tom Trbojevic will still be absent for at least another month.
"Like any situation when you have a bit of adversity, we can't use it as an excuse," second-rower Joel Thompson said.
"We have to get on with it. We have to be just be men, get out there and get the job done.
"We have to control what we can control and turn up Sunday and be ready to rip in."
Australian Associated Press