As far as goal-line clearances go, Ivan Vujica's is a contender for save of the season. Coincidentally, one of his clear contenders is teammate Lachlan Jackson in the same match.

Such is the passion, determination and comical attacking that a Newcastle Jets 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners can provide. 

Kaine Sheppard's goal proved the difference, but Mariners fans will be all to aware that Vujica and Jackson boast the real last laugh.

"It's huge, it's unbelievable," Vujica said. "We scrambled and it's an incredible team performance. I actually don't know how I got to it.

"I still thought it would go in the goal, I just threw myself, then I saw it sail over the bar and I thought 'No way'. 

"It was a great team scramble. I don't think top six is a maybe, I think it's a definite. We've just got to keep believing."

As for Mariners defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis, he sees his side continue to develop, despite the ever-present challenges brought about by what might have been.

"We've been showing really good signs and to come away with nothing is really disappointing," he said. "Really slack to concede the way we did.

"It was disappointing to lose but we'll take that into Adelaide on Saturday and hopefully get the win. 

"We've been positive the whole time and if we weren't we won't climb the table like we want to."

As for goal-getter Sheppard, fresh from a third A-League goal and signing a professional one-year contract with the Jets, he's keeping himself team focused, no matter what.

"It's great, I learn a lot throughout the week in training," he mused after the game.

"During the game we push each other. We're playing quick football around the box so you can make mistakes, but it's great to have a squad that can come in and play well."