It wasn't that long ago that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were mired in a streak that saw them lose 13 out of 15 games.
Things have taken a turn to the good recently, as the Penguins head into tonight's game against the St. John's IceCaps on a four-game winning streak.
But not everything has changed.
The wins still aren't easy to come by, said head coach John Hynes after Tuesday's practice at Coal Street. We have to continue to get better.
Part of getting better means looking back. Whether they win or lose, Hynes said, there are lessons to take from each game and apply to the next. Those lessons are more important than the final score, he said.
The focal point isn't the end result, Hynes said. It does matter that we won the game in Hershey (Jan. 20 Outdoor Classic), but it matters more that we win the next one.
Still, the Penguins can't help but feel good about their recent winning ways. Forward Dominik Uher said there's a winning attitude around the locker room in addition to a lot of confidence heading into tonight's contest.
But Uher cautioned that he and his teammates can't get too far ahead of themselves.
We have to remember why we were successful and stick to that style, he said.
The last time the Penguins faced the IceCaps they won 5-3. It was the last victory in a five-game winning streak before the Penguins fell into a losing skid with just two wins in the next 15 games.
Benn Ferriero, who recently returned from an injury, scored the game-winner in that Dec. 1 win. He remembers clearly what the Penguins did to win, and it's something they need to repeat tonight.
We played a real solid game against them -- played fast and strong on their D, Ferriero said. We need to repeat that and hopefully get the same result.
F Beau Bennett missed practice for personal reasons on Tuesday, while D Cody Wild sat out due to illness. F Phil Dupuis is still listed as day-to-day with an injury.
The IceCaps eliminated the Penguins from last year's postseason in seven games.