The Columbus Blue Jackets are sick of losing.
Since joining the NHL in 2000, the one-time expansion franchise has qualified for the postseason just twice in 15 seasons, leaving it with the appearance of that of a laughingstock.
The team's current regime, led by GM Jarmo Kekalainen, with the team since 2013, and coach John Tortorella, joining in 2015, is set on changing that viewpoint.
"I think there is a different attitude in the room. Our whole thought process going into camp was just trying to take it each day at a time and not talk about anything except just trying to gain some respect in this league, and you do that by doing it one day at a time," Tortorella told reporters following the team's 2-1 overtime win over the Washington Capitals.
"It's an identity win. It's a step in the right direction for your culture. We're always analytic about our team, but tonight's a good win for (our players). They should feel really good about themselves."
Already with five wins in November, including a 10-0 stomping of the Montreal Canadiens, the Blue Jackets have an 8-4-2 record through 14 games, and sit just two points shy of a playoff position. The team will look to continue its winning ways Friday against the New York Rangers.