The message has remained crystal clear, repeated often by the coach and players in recent days.
Looking to get back in the win column, it wasn't a matter of one, or two or even a handful of players getting their games back on track - it was going to have to be a team effort for the Flames to start playing up to expectations.
Against the top team in the league, that featured two of the hottest players right now in Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, and boasted the NHL's top-ranked powerplay, they did just that.
Rebounding from a 7-1 loss to the Oilers Saturday night, the Flames played one of their most complete games of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto Monday night in the second game of this season-long six-game road trip.
And while there was no arguing it was a team effort from top to bottom, there was one guy who deserved some extra kudos: Big Save Dave.
David Rittich had an absolutely stellar performance between the pipes, getting a shutout with 34 saves in his fourth start of the season.
The Flames announced Jacob Markstrom was sidelined with an upper-body injury earlier in the day, so Rittich was backed-up by Artyom Zagidulin, dubbed Big Snag Zag down with the Stockton Heat last season.
Matthew Tkachuk also had a standout night, scoring his 100th career goal.
The penalty-killers, as a group, were superb, styming the No.-1 man-up unit on seven chances, including 1:36 of 5-on-3 time for Toronto in the second period.
The Flames finished 2-for-5 on the powerplay. They also out-hit Toronto 24-15.
For the first time in six games, Calgary got on the board first when Sam Bennett opened the scoring just 3:55 in.
Sean Monahan - who returned to the lineup after missing two games - rimmed a puck around the boards from down low up to Rasmus Andersson, who stepped into a slapshot that squeaked between the legs of Michael Hutchinson, Bennett lunging to put it home.
The Flames led 5-1 in shots after that and 14-9 after the opening 20 minutes.
That stat was important for two reasons:
1. The team wanted to have good start and play 'on their toes';
2. The Leafs had two powerplays in the first period. Coming into the night they were clicking at an incredible 37.5% when a man up, tops in the league. The Flames held their shots - and chances - in check.
The Flames did a good job tipping passes wide and blocking shots and when there was a good chance, Rittich stood tall. His best stop came after a Toronto shot rang off the post and dropped into the blue paint, the Flames netminder getting his stick on an open-net chance by John Tavares.
The Flames started the second period with 1:35 of powerplay time, Rittich making a fantastic left-pad save on a short-handed chance by Ilya Mikheyev, who took a feed from Jimmy Vesey and cut in alone across the crease with speed off the rush.
Mikael Backlund had the best opportunity for the visitors on the advantage, Hutchinson getting a piece of his shot with his blocker to deflect it wide.
Tkachuk's timely tip of Mark Giordano's point shot to make it 2-0 was vintage No. 19, standing in front of the net with his eyes up and stick ready - as he does after most Flames practices when he works on the skill.
Then came the long 5-on-3 for Toronto, Johnny Gaudreau sent off for tripping and then 24 seconds later, Elias Lindholm sitting down beside him for a trip on Mitch Marner.
Yet again, though, the PK and Rittich were up to the challenge, the latter making a great toe save on Nylander as perhaps the best crack for Toronto.
Monahan scored his third of the season at 3:26 of the third period, first getting the puck in the high slot and taking a shot, then following up to chip in the rebound with his backhand into the net after Tkachuk had a crack on his initial rebound.
"You need that every night. We have a good team and we can't be taking nights off. It's a shortened season and we know what's at stake."
Tkachuk on staying focused:
"At the end of the day, in the standings, all it is in two points. It's not like we got 10 from this game. We still have some ground to make up. We know they're going to come hard next game. No one likes getting shut out, especially in their own building."
"Obviously it was a confidence booster, for sure. We had a couple tough starts when we give up a couple goals, but we were talking in the locker-room, we've got to change it up, and I'm really glad we changed it today when I'm in the net."
"We're not reading too much into it. It's one game and we've got to get ourselves moving forward here and springboard it into something else. We're happy with the game tonight, but we've still got a lot of work to do. ... It's an opportunity for a good starting point, and let's hope that's how it goes."