Newcastle coach Mark Jones believes the Jets 2-2 draw with Wellington shows his side is getting better.
The Jets came from behind twice to draw with the Phoenix at McDonald Jones Stadium. The point sees the Hunter club move up to fifth spot on the A-League ladder.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their past three games, with wins over Perth Glory and Adelaide United to add to the point from the Wellington fixture.
Jones said the Jets deserved to beat the Phoenix on Boxing Day and hopes not claiming all three points "doesn't come back to bite us" later in the season.
"I thought we should have had full points against Wellington and full points against the Mariners," he said after the match.
"Add four points to our tally and we're in a decent position, let alone how games go if we take chances early in some of our away games. But it is what it is and we'll accept where we are at the moment. And we're getting better.
"I thought we played some football on par with what we did in the first half against Perth. [On the battle mid-table] I'm just concerned with the way we play and we need to dominate games, play through teams and keep possession of the ball. I thought we did that today."
Goals from Andrew Nabbout and then Morten Noordstrand ensured Newcastle finished with a share of the spoils. The Jets had 19 shots to Wellington's 12, had 54/8% possession, were more accurate with their passing as well as making 67 more passes and seven more crosses.
Jones was confident his side deserved a victory.
"We definitely deserved to win that game," he said.
"It was a little bit like the Central Coast game here, we created numerous chances. I thought we had all the run of the play. We opened up a little bit - I was really disappointed with the goals that we conceded, they were very, very sloppy.
"It was poor defensive work and I'm not going to cop that. Having said that, we created enough chances."