Salford coach Brian Noble saw signs of encouragement despite his side losing 52-10 at home to St Helens on Friday.
The rock-bottom City Reds conceded nine tries in the hammering but had trailed their opponents by just 14-10 early in the second half.
Former Great Britain boss Noble had demanded improvement after recent heavy losses to Warrington and Wakefield and he took encouragement from the latest defeat.
He said: "There looks to be a pulse this week, and quite a strong one, because of the way we played in the first half and the way we tried to play.
"We shaded possession in the first half and that gave us an opportunity - but then it went massively against us.
"I do think the scoreline flattered St Helens a little bit and I don't think, in the main, our fans will be too dismayed this time because the players have had a dig.
"I thought we looked like a really good team for 50 minutes.
"I am less disappointed than I was last time. If I can knock a few nails into heads tomorrow, and show pictures as to why it happened, we can improve next week and get ready for a really big game down in London."
Saints ran in seven second-half tries in the rout and coach Nathan Brown was pleased with how his side upped their game.
He said: "First half I thought we were just doing enough. They responded to a few (poor) performances and there was an improved showing.
"They did some decent stuff but in the second half we really lifted the intensity, as we should do with some of the players we had and against a side in the position Salford are at the moment."