Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield credited her side's impressive come-from-behind victory over the NSW Swifts in Sydney on Sunday to the lessons learned from suffering a similarly painful loss to the Firebirds in round three.

After coming from nine goals down at one point to beat the Swifts 56-50 with a last-quarter charge at the Sydney Sports Centre, Chatfield recalled the Vixens' 48-47 loss to the Firebirds.

''They got us by one when we played the whole game out, played so well and we let them run over the top of us,'' said Chatfield, who played at goal defence in Sunday's round-seven game.

''The Swifts played that role today. They played an awesome three quarters, but we stuck with it and kept believing we could get them in the end. It doesn’t matter what you do in the first three. It’s how you finish the game that really counts.

''Our first three quarters, we didn’t put the effort in. In that last quarter we really put the effort in and kind of looked at each other in the eye  and told each other that we are going to do it. It is the power of the mind that gets you through those times.''

Chatfield paid tribute to Catherine Cox, the Vixens' star international and a former Swifts player who announced last Friday that she would retire at the end of the season.

On Sunday, Cox came on after the half-time break and in her two quarters at goal attack scored 18 goals from 19 attempts, including a perfect 10 from 10 in the final quarter that helped the Vixens take the lead for the first time with seven minutes remaining.

''I'm really proud of her," Chatfield said. ''To get out there and play the way she did in that second half. That’s why she has been such a legend of our game – the experience she adds to us on the floor.''

Sunday's result gives the Vixens a 5-2 win-loss record. The Swifts, who had a bye last week, are now at 4-2 – a detail they were ruing on Sunday evening.

However, the Swifts were not offering any excuses for their fall from leading 15-14 after the first quarter, 29-24 at half-time and 42-38 at three-quarter-time.

Swifts goal attack Susan Pratley, who scored 28 goals from 33 attempts, summed up their game, saying: ''We didn’t play the whole 60 minutes which is what it comes down to.

''They stepped up in that last quarter, we didn’t.

''We probably had chances to get back into it – our defenders did a good job of getting the ball back to us and then we [would] mess up again.''

Asked about the turnaround after the Swifts were up by nine goals midway through the second quarter, Pratley said: ''In the last quarter, we were up by four or five and they got two intercepts, and we were already chasing. We panicked a little and gave ball away too easy.

''The Vixens are a side that you [can't afford to] switch off to. And we did. It is still surprising. We thought we still had control of the game, but we didn’t play the last quarter.''