NORTH Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell won't be changing the way he plays, despite being on the receiving end of some big hits in the club's 122-point win over Melbourne on Saturday.

Ziebell was crunched while laying a tackle during the second quarter, which left him on his haunches.

As he headed to the bench for some much needed recovery time, the ball came his way again.

In typical Ziebell style, he shook off any pain to fly for a mark and lay a shepherd to help his side clear the area, before crawling to the bench on all fours.

The midfielder took a short break, before returning to the field and copping another heavy knock almost immediately.

He played out the game, and insists he is comfortable with his kamikaze style of football.

"It's just part and parcel of footy," Ziebell told

"I just got one on the hip bone, (which) is never too much fun. It should be sweet. I copped one last week, so it was a little bit tender. I was a little bit sore for a few minutes but other than that it was ok."

"It's probably one of my strengths as a player, to win the contested ball. If I'm not doing that then I probably would struggle to get a game.

“It's the way I play my footy, and it's what I do."

Coach Brad Scott admits it's sometimes difficult to watch Ziebell attack the ball.

"You've always got your heart in your mouth because he's such a bull-at-the-gate competitor inside," Scott said on Saturday.

The midfielder copped a knock to his shin against Carlton, and believes the injury is on the mend.

"It was a little bit sore, but nothing too strenuous. I was fortunate enough not to get another knock on it and hopefully it can recover a bit more over the next six days and feel even better for it."

He finished the game with 18 disposals, eight tackles and a goal.

Jacqui Reed is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow her on Twitter @JacquiReedAFL