Play Off winning coach Gerad Adams - whose future as Sheffield Steelers boss has yet to be rubber-stamped - is the “backbone” of the club, forward Stefan Meyer says.
The winger from Medicine Hat, Canada says Adams installed a fresh sense of belief into the team when he took over from Doug Christiansen.
And that personal esteem guided Steelers to become Play Off champions against Belfast Giants.
Talking on video at thestar.co.uk Meyer said: “We had a lot of doubters, but I believe this team was built for situations like this (Play off hockey.) ‘G’ is the backbone of this team. He got us believing. He got us together and we came out and gave an effort.
“He is a phenomenal coach; he is one of the best I’ve played for. Especially confidence wise. No matter what I did on the ice, he always was on my side and I feel he got the best from his players and got the result.”
Meyer, 28, a former Calgary Flames forward, said victory at Nottingham handed him a career memory: “especially being with the fans. The support the fans have given me all year; I have had a heck of a time.”
He added of the victory: “It is big for the owners. They had faith in bringing us, they pay us a great wage to come in and play this sport we love and its great to give them the result they wanted.”
Meyer believes winning the Play Offs rates higher than the Elite League title. “In my opinion this is what you want to win (the play offs.) During the league you can win that (by) watching a team lose, the Challenge Cup doesn’t have anything to do with the League, you come here (NIC) on the biggest stage of the year, in front of all these people, and you are the best team, then you really smile.”
n Goal scorer Drew Fata has revealed he’d predicted he’d bag the winner. “I promised Frank Doyle (goalie) I would after I gave the puck away with five minutes left. Frank bailed me and the team out. I said that I would go and get the winner.”