Stroll managed to take the second podium of his F1 career after the top three capitalized on a penalty for leader Lewis Hamilton, who dropped to the back of the pack as a result.
Perez could only manage tenth in the race but admitted that the team, despite it's improved form compared to recent years, is still a long way behind the top two teams.
With Racing Point looking to be the third-best team throughout the season so far, Perez has urged his team to work towards being in a position to profit from any issues Red Bull and Mercedes may have in the coming races.
The Mexican believed the team has not been able to take other opportunities open for a possible podium place in recent races but hoped the team could still work towards securing third place in this years' constructor's championship.
"We should be looking forward to being well into the points with both cars and open the gap to our competitors because that third place in the Constructors' does matter a lot to us," Perez said.
"We still have a bit of a pace difference to the top two teams, Red Bull and Mercedes, so that made things harder. And I also feel that for many reasons, we haven't maximised some of our weekends where we have a chance to be there on the podium.
"So we need to close up the gap to Red Bull and try to be there to make sure if they fail, we are the ones that take the podium."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing