Jeff Legue says the Boxing Day win over Nottingham Panthers took the pressure off - but only until tonight.
His Sheffield Steelers team this evening play the return Elite League away leg against their rivals, who are smarting after being shut out 2-0.
The accomplished centreman says that all the good work of that victory will have been cancelled out if the team goes down in the National Ice Centre ( Face Off 7pm.)
Legue, who recently celebrated his 500th EIHL point, said: “We are trying to catch (league leading) Belfast Giants and when we play the top teams you have got to take the two points.
“Every game is valuable, but it is especially nice to win against Nottingham. If we lose (tonight) we will be back at stage they were. That’s why we have to play the same game. We have to take a step forward not take one back, we must keep going forward.”
Goals from the two Robs, Dowd and Sirianni, secured the win and kept Arena fans happy over the festive period.
But Legue knows from a experience that a wall of sound awaits them tonight.
“They have got a great fan base like ours, our fans really helped us out on Boxing Day and got behind us, it helps when you get an early goal and get rolling right off the bat.
“An early goal might quieten their fans down but it’s always nice to get a lead and not sit back, that’s what we did, we kept going trying to bury chances and kept taking it to them. Towards the end they got a little tired.”
Legue, who is consistently the club’s top points scorer, says the recent award of a framed picture to celebrate his 500th point was a tribute not only to him, but for team-mates past and present.
“It’s an honour also for my wingers and other people I have played with. It is an in individual award but it comes in a team game where there are five 5 guys on the ice to help you.”
*Winger Aaron Nell has been loaned out to EPL team Swindon Wildcats to get more ice time.
Steelers retain his registration and have first call on his services. He will also train with Sheffield in the week.