Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty says Sunday’s 4-2 home win over Nottingham Panthers was a long time coming.
Clan snapped a five-game losing run to end February on a high and it was a result that confirmed their place in the Elite League play-off line-up.
Finnerty said: “This win has been a long time coming and Sunday’s game was a bit more like the Braehead Clan for me.
“Realistically that’s the second game we’ve played with pretty much a full bench or at least a semi healthy one at least.
“We lost Ric Jackman with a broken foot and loaded up the forward lines with imports, with which we were able to do a lot of positive things we weren’t able to do because of the line-up.
“We played great defensively and while Nottingham had a lot of the play, we kept them to the outside.
“Now we can move on from this period and perhaps get back to normality. Nobody here is used to losing and nobody obviously accepts it.”
The one thing Finnerty is looking to build on in the wake of this result is confidence – something he says has been missing in recent weeks.
Clan’s locker room certainly was a happier place following Sunday’s game and now the coach is looking to build on that in this weekend’s two away games.
He added: “After this, hopefully we can get back into our stride and the dressing room is in a good place now. It always is after you snap a streak like the one we’ve been on.
“You can’t teach confidence though and that’s what we’ve been missing for a while. Guys lose focus and start trying things outside of their normal game to try and get that back.
“Winning is the only recipe to get that back and hopefully the guys got that. I can tell you I did and it was fun again standing behind the bench again.
“We’ve got a tough week ahead and we’ll have a great week of training as we look to build Sunday’s result.”
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