"He’s probably his worst enemy when things aren’t going well," said Julien. "You try and take some of that pressure off and say, ‘Listen, you’ve just got to go out there and play.’
"So, when he feels good about his game, you see a big difference, and that’s what we’ve seen here tonight."
What the B's saw on Thursday was Krejci put the team on his shoulders as the Czech-born center returned to his natural position and powered the Bruins through to a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sold out crowd in Boston's TD Garden.
"He likes to thrive on big occasions, and there’s no doubt that every playoff that he’s played in, he’s been a good player, and every year, at the end of the year, he’s always been a good player," said Julien, whose Bruins played game 62 of 82.
Tonight, Krejci came in determined to make a difference and thanks to a pretty feed from his new right win Tyler Seguin
, the center scored just 1:13 into the first.
"He’s got a great vision and he found me basically wide open," said Krejci, who liked his new trio with Milan Lucic
and Seguin. "He played a really strong game tonight.
"We were having some trouble to score lately in past one especially, so it’s a good thing to change it up a little bit," he explained. "Tonight worked.
"We’ve got to keep it going."
Based on previous history, Julien expects to see many more games like tonight.
"What I remember the most is my first year here, and he was a rookie, and we lost Patrice [Bergeron] and then [Marc] Savard," said Julien.
"He came in and just took over, and that was the last month, when we were fighting for a playoff spot.
"He’s known for those kind of finishes, and, again, he’s starting to show us that he’s ready to do it again," he said.
Krejci was thrilled to see the calendar change.
"I had two goals in the month of February," said the forward. "But, you know, I just take it game by game.
"I want to do my best every game and I was feeling really good before the game and I got [Seguin] on my line so I was excited about it. We click well together with Luch and him and it was a good game for us.
"I know we had a little sloppy second period but we came back hard in the third and won the game. That was the most important thing tonight."
Krejci took a feed from Lucic to tie the game with 5:30 remaining in the third and then put two points in Boston's coffers with his overtime game-winer at 2:59 of the extra session.
"A little lucky that one, I guess," said Krejci. "I was at the end of my shift, I was tired and, you know, [Patrice Bergeron
] made a good play.
"I kind of sensed it that he was going to throw it in front of the net and [Zdeno Chara
] tried to jam it and I was just at the right time at the right place. I saw [Devils goaltender Martin] Brodeur was down so first thought was go upstairs and it worked that time."
But Krejci said the B's are not planning on remembering this win for too long.
"Yeah. You know, you can’t just turn the switch on when the playoff comes. You’ve got to start now. It’s 20 games to go, every game is important and you can’t take a day off here, since now until the end of the season," he said. "You’ve got to go out there, do your best and try to get ready as much as you can for the playoffs.
"One game doesn’t make a season," cautioned Krejci. "We’ve got to keep it going."