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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers made no secret that they wanted to battle hard for their fans tonight, as the start to their home schedule has not gone very successfully. Tonight, the players in the dressing room said that the big win tonight was just as much for the fans as it was them.

"What is it minus 18 out there? And they still came to support us, which is great," said veteran forward Ryan Smyth. "We delivered for them. They've been waiting patiently and we thank them for that. It was a boost of confidence and it was nice to have them cheering right at the end with a little bit of a standing ovation. They deserve it just as much as we do."

"(The fans) deserve good hockey every night and they've been supportive of this team forever," said David Perron, who had four points in the 7-0 win.

"Hopefully we bring more performances like that for them."

When asked if a win like that would help him sleep better tonight, Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins brought up the fans and how the win was good for them.

"I'm not sure you ever sleep when you're a coach," said Eakins. "You're always waking up, thinking about something. But hey, the wins have been few and far between, especially at home. It's good for us, but more importantly. it's good for our fans. They've been suffering as much as we have and it's nice to give them something to go home with tonight."

The Oilers are now 2-7-0 at home, but get another chance at a home victory on Thursday night as they host the Florida Panthers. Florida is 2-8-1 on the road this season.

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