With the 'one game at a time' cliche at every pro athlete's disposal, you'd think talk of the Calgary Flames' current six-game winning streak would be brushed off.
But while the players say they're thinking more about the implication of tonight's matchup against the Oilers at Edmonton's Rexall Place, they do admit the streak is renting a little room in the back of their minds.
"I just think it builds confidence within the team. Especially after we went through a tough slide in the beginning," said centre Byron Ritchie yesterday.
"It's easier to relax and play and when you're not thinking so much and worrying so much."
Captain Jarome Iginla agrees seven games without a regulation loss is good for the psyche.
"When you're on a streak, team-wise and individually, it's good. You want to keep it going," he said.
"When you're streaking ... you're enjoying it."
Ritchie isn't happy with the team's position despite the recent feel-good play.
"We're in ninth spot, we're not even in the playoffs," said Ritchie. "So it's not nearly good enough."