Guillaume Desbiens jokes that it had been that long since he’d scored that he’d forgotten how to celebrate.
But his goal for Sheffield Steelers last weekend has now filled him with self-assurance that he can establish a trend going forward.
Desbiens slammed in the third goal against Belfast Giants at the Arena, ensuring there was no way back for the Irish. “You work for the whole season to score goals and it wasn’t going in” he said. “I just wanted to stick with the process and keep working hard. I knew it was going to come at some point.
“I forgot how to celebrate for a second, but it is nice for my confidence and I think it is going to be good for the next few games coming up.”
While Desbiens is delighted with his first goal of the season, he’s even more happy about the team’s new-found resistance to conceding. “First and foremost, Moose (Ervins Mustukovs) has been outstanding in the last couple of games. He kept us in the game at key moments.
“We are playing a lot tighter defensively and leaving less guys open. We have been working really hard on that.”
He said it was the most satisfying thing of last weekend that they only gave up two goals combined to Braehead Clan and Belfast. But just an even bigger test lies ahead against Cardiff, this coming weekend - a team which beat them 5-3 in front of nearly 5,500 Sheffield fans last month.
“Everybody knows what its like to play Cardiff” he said. “It is a huge match-up; them and Nottingham are our biggest rivals. It is always an exciting game.
“Obviously we have to win those games if we want to be league champions. We can’t leave those points behind” said the 31-year-old forward.
In the last Devils’ game, he said: “We were playing well until they scored a second or third goal. For a few minutes we were deflated and stopped playing. There was a big momentum swing.” They had learned from that experience, showing last weekend that they could redeem themselves when Giants made it 1-1 but Sheffield went on to despatch four unanswered goals. Desbiens said he was enjoying playing with the “really fast” Markus Nilsson.
He opens up the ice for a slower guy like me.”