Heard blaring on the loudspeakers at the Saddledome as the Flames prepared for the puck drop was Thin Lizzy's Boys are Back in Town.
But the Flames played like they were still on the road.
That's a good thing.
Keeping things simple seems to be their recipe for success. It's helped them to a league-best 11-3-3 record away from home, and it was that same effort that led them to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers last night at the Dome.
"We talked about that after the L.A. game," defenceman Robyn Regehr said of the attempt to bring the road game home with them.
"Brent (Sutter) was in the room saying overall that our game was pretty good, we were on a good track, and to make sure we continue to do those things at home."
Improving to 8-5 in their own building with a strong showing against a dangerous Thrashers squad led by sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, the patient Flames got second-period goals from top-liners Nigel Dawes and Olli Jokinen to open things up after a scoreless 20 minutes.
They took over the game from that point on.
"We were pretty stingy. We were getting pucks in deep. Not too many turnovers," said Dawes, who nearly earned a second goal later in the middle frame but tipped it a little too high for the ref's liking. "We really limited their opportunities. "When you don't give them too many opportunities, the couple they might get, there's a good chance Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) is going to stop them."
Jokinen gave the Flames a two-goal cushion late in the period with a slapper set up by Jarome Iginla's cross-ice pass. The puck was rolling but the Finn got all of it and beat an angry Johan Hedberg to take some of the energy away from the Thrashers.
Scoring an empty netter to lock up the victory with 40 seconds left, Rene Bourque made up for missing an open net earlier in the evening.
Kiprusoff had to be solid in the early going, rejecting efforts from Colby Armstrong and Rich Peverley.
"First couple of shifts, first five minutes maybe, they were kind of all over us a little bit. But Kipper made some big saves," said Dawes.
"From there, we kind of got our feet under us."
Kiprusoff faced 25 shots, and only 14 over the final 40 minutes as the Flames clogged things up and dominated possession the way they have so often recently on the road.
"They have a lot of good hockey players -- good offence. We played patient hockey tonight," said Jokinen.
"We're going the right direction as a team," Jokinen added.
"I think every guy can be proud."