Michael Morgan admits he reached for a beer as North Queensland's NRL finals fate hung in the balance.
But after very nearly kicking off Mad Monday, Morgan is daring to dream of toasting premiership success with the giant-killing Cowboys.
An injury-hit North Queensland will look to extend their unlikely title tilt against Parramatta in Saturday night's semi-final at ANZ Stadium after the shock win that ended Cronulla's premiership defence last week.
Yet Morgan still seems to be shaking his head in disbelief over the fact North Queensland fell over the finals line.
North Queensland scraped into the top eight when Canterbury upset St George Illawarra in the final round.
Until then Morgan conceded post-season drinks almost kicked off early.
In the end Morgan was too nervous to take his eyes off the Dragons TV game to take a sip.
"We thought about it (Mad Monday) but it was Father's Day so we thought if we were finishing our season that day the fathers should spend the afternoon with their family and do whatever afterwards," Morgan told Fox Sports' Queenslanders Only.
"I had one beer before the Bulldogs-Dragons game but I was a bit nervous so I ended up siting down without having it so it worked out well.
"Now we are backing ourselves."
Morgan has since helped North Queensland relish their unexpected finals chance.
The playmaker again stepped up in the absence of sidelined co-captain Johnathan Thurston to cooly slot the match winning extra-time field goal and sink the Sharks 15-14 in last week's elimination final.
Stand-in Cowboys skipper Gavin Cooper again expected his side to be written off for the Eels clash but backed Morgan to help postpone Mad Monday drinks for at least another week.
Cooper said Morgan had blossomed into the leader North Queensland needed when future Immortal Thurston retired after the 2018 season.
The Cowboys have received a glimpse into post-Thurston life after the co-captain suffered a season ending shoulder injury in June.
"Morgo has grown as a person and a player. It has helped the Cowboys game evolve without JT," Cooper said.
"I would much rather have him (Thurston) in the team but we have learned to adapt without him.
"We are not out to prove anyone wrong but we believe we are not done yet."