Key to the win was the play of former linemates Nathan Horton
(1 goal, 1 assist) and Milan Lucic
(1 goal, 2 assists) who figured in the scoring on five of the B's six.
"Obviously, we’ve been a little bit frustrated and it showed at the end of the Carolina game," said Lucic, who had only one assist through six games before the win over the Leafs.
"What we’ve been able to do well as a team is we’ve always been able to turn that emotion into a positive and that’s what we were able to do here tonight."
"I mean, I don’t want to hurt my team," said Horton, who had come into tonight's game with a goal and an assist. "I just try to work hard and forget about it and just work hard for my teammates.
"I mean that’s why we’re here -- to try to get back to playing good and winning games."
Now, the trick is to string together some victories.
"The start we had, it hasn’t been great," said Horton of the win. "We need to, obviously, build on it.
"It was only one game, and hopefully if we keep working hard things are going to keep coming our way."
Lucic said that simple, hard work to the club's success versus Toronto.
"We had success because we were moving the puck forward," said Lucic. "We were moving our feet and we were making good, short crisp passes.
"And when we’re doing that, when we’re supporting each other coming up the ice as a five-man unit, that’s when we get our most opportunities and that was evident tonight."
With just one practice before the B's face off against the San Jose Sharks, confidence is high.
"Obviously it’s good to...get that first one of the year," said Lucic of his goal. "I think today, my focus wasn’t on scoring and like we talked about just playing that straight-line type of game. A
"nd moving my feet and I think that’s why everything else kind of fell into place like usual."
"Like I said, it’s only one game, but definitely it feels good...after last game, with what happened, it feels good to come back.
"Our whole team had a strong game."
As for the line changes that had separated Horton and Lucic from their normal center David Krejci
"It doesn’t matter who you play with," said Horton. "I mean to play with anyone on the team, you’re lucky enough to be able to do that and everyone’s a great player here.
"And we all work for each other and that’s why we win games."