You're probably right, not necessarily bullish, yet, but someone is buying too. Buyers are probably the big shorts covering, unwinding the large short position. Institutions booking their losses and shorts booking their profits. Regardless, it is NOT a sign of weakness.....it is not down with wide price spread.
On the contrary I'd have to call it a sign of strength if it closes near 9.00. It will need to build cause to push above $9 but I'd load the boat on any retracement. I certainly wouldn't want to short it.