Storm Coach Craig Bellamy says he and his team are aware of the significance of Monday night's match-up with the fifth placed Sharks.
Melbourne sit two points behind Cronulla and the fourth placed South Sydney Rabbitohs and will travel to Sydney on the weekend aiming to built on their 22-point victory over the Titans last week.
"Getting towards the time of year it is it probably has a little bit more significance than some of the other games we've played," Bellamy said.
"Having said that there is four games to go, we've got to get our focus on this week.
"The Sharks have been playing really good, they've won eight of their last nine. In this competition that's a great record."
Boasting an impressive record over the past two months of the season, Cronulla enter the clash as one of the competition's form sides and Bellamy recognises the threat Shane Flanagan's outfit poses.
"They're doing a lot of good things, a lot of things right," Bellamy said.
"They stick in, grit their teeth and whatever comes their way they deal with it and deal with it really well.
"They're quite ruthless when they get on top, I think that's a strength of their team at the moment."