Nathan Brown praised the performance of Mitchell Pierce after the Newcastle Halfback discovered a "rocket" from the coach and inspired them up to their game.
The knights took to win the Premata on Sunday and briefly put pressure on Brown.
Pearce scored to try and establish another Newcastle showed a lot of promise in victory.
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Speaking at the press conference after his match, Brown said: "The way he competed – his first feature is always to compete well.
"He led the team on the field as we expected, and that's why he's the captain of our club."
Pierce himself revealed that some of Brown's serious words inspired the Knights' victory.
"We liked to think of ourselves as winners," he said. "And it was really disappointing not to get over the line in recent weeks.
"We have an amazing group of men here and we work very hard to get the monkey out of our back.
"We have a kick back up last week, for not competing hard enough.
"Our coach runs this house really hard and it hurts as a player to be told that you are not a competitor, not because of lack of passion, certainly when you're on the defensive."
Watch a full interview of Pearce in the video player below!