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STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

As a pro athlete, your memory has to be short.

So the fact the Calgary Flames claimed three of a possible four points in back-to-back road games is a positive still fresh on the players' minds.

"It wasn't anything I think anyone would be extremely pumped about but you're always left with the taste in your mouth of the last game," said d-man Andrew Ference, whose team beat St. Louis 3-2 Saturday.

"We battled it out. Guys were tired, a lot of guys were hurt. Maybe we didn't have the picture-perfect game but we won. Ending on a positive note was nice but it's a small step out of the big hole we've dug ourselves."

There was a noticeable difference in the team's play after the first period in Columbus.

"The players just realized we have a lot more character in the dressing room and we have a lot more ability when we work harder together," said head coach Jim Playfair.

"Now it's about getting the next step in place, which is about being better at home in the first period of the game."

Playfair's charges will get a big test with games against Dallas, Anaheim and Vancouver this week, starting with the Stars tomorrow at the Saddledome. "They're big games and they're great challenges," said Playfair.


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