Jeff Legue admitted he was a little dejected after losing his first two games back in a Sheffield Steelers’ shirt.
But he says he was glad he went through the “surreal” experience of going back to the Elite League club, from EPL Steeldogs, and is keen for his side to make amends with wins at Belfast Giants, tomorrow and Saturday.
Legue initially joined Steelers in the 2006-07 season and stayed there until this Summer, when he departed for iceSheffield.
He made his return in an awkward 0-4 Steeler defeat to Nottingham Panthers, on Boxing Day, before losing 3-2 at the NIC the day after.
“In the first game we had chances but did not capitalise on them; second game we took it to them for the most part, got into penalty trouble and it cost us, but we played well there” he said.
“Obviously, I’d have loved a four-point weekend and I was a bit down after it, but it is just one of those things.
“It was a big disappointment to lose at home, we felt it, and we cannot let it happen again.
“But there is a long way to go in the title race and we are looking forward to going into Belfast. They are good side and you have to be mentally prepared to play them there, it is always a tough place to play in but I have won there before and hope to do it again now.”
The 33-year-old Canadian said it had felt surreal at the Arena but that he was settling now he’d had some practices. “There has been lots of banter from the guys I have known for years, I get on with the new guys really well too.”
Legue started off on a line with Danny Bois and Rod Sarich, but then coach Gerad Adams swapped Bois with Rob Dowd.
“We are a high energy line, we want to cause turnovers and capitalise on them where as the others are more offensive. It is a good role and I am enjoying it.”