Tyler Mosienko believes better communication, improved defensive cover and a sense of fun will turn Sheffield Steelers season around.
The forward leads his line into battle tonight in the second leg of the Challenge Cup against Dundee Stars, a team they are leading 3-0.
But poor form at the Arena, and elsewhere, has seen the team drop to fourth in the league.
“We just have to go back to the basics and start having fun again” he said.
“Maybe brush the past under the table and get a clean start and find a little extra chemistry with some of the guys.”
“No one is really talking much, there is not a lot of energy and all that comes from having a smile on your face, I think.”
The Canadian, who has scored once in his last nine games, said communication on the ice had to improve.
“When guys are not talking sometime the right plays are not happening.
“That is what happens when you get into a funk.”
Asked about defensive frailties, he replied: “Our D zone is not exactly where we want it.
“We made some mistakes back there that shouldn’t happen and going forward we need to clean those up and pay a little more attention to details.”
He said it was important to have the same mind-set tonight, against Stars as they did when they built up the three goal advantage last week.