Joint top scorer Mathieu Roy admits Sheffield Steelers did not hit peak form when they needed to in their opening Arena match of the season.
But he believes that went the new look squad “clicks” - similar defeats will be few and far between.
Steelers were beaten in a shoot-out against Cardiff Devils, last weekend, before grinding a win out of their game at Coventry Blaze.
They need to find that winning form when they entertain Nottingham Panthers at the House of Steel, this Saturday (7pm.)
Referring to the home defeat, Roy, who is tying with linemate Michael Forney with 10 points from seven games, said: “They (Devils) had a pop at the end and put it in.
“We had a chance to come back in the shoot-out. I guess we got a point but we didn’t play our best hockey. Games like that happen.
“We need to work as a team and work as a unit on the ice. I think that’s what the guys try to do and when it is going to click, more, we are going to be a good team and tough to beat.”
Roy, Forney and the third combatant on the unit, Colton Fretter, have found the net 11 times between them so far.
That’s only two less goals than the rest of the team put together.
Which illustrates the first line’s importance, and hints at how the other lines might chip in more too.
On form Jason Hewitt is the only other forward to have scored more than once, so far.
Meanwhile, coach Gerad Adams will have to look at his side’s Power Play.
Overall, they are the least effective in the Elite League, statistically speaking, barring Hull Stingrays.
However goaltender Frank Doyle currently has a 93.9 per cent save ratio, second only to Coventry’s Brian Stewart.
n The re-scheduled Arena game versus Dundee Stars will be Wednesday 15th October.