Michael Dorr believes he is finally beginning to find his feet at Fife Flyers after a stop-start first few months at the club.
The forward arrived in the summer having missed most of last season due to injury, and has also spent time on the sidelines in Fife with a groin injury followed by a concussion.
Despite missing stretches of games, the 26-year-old American has made an impression and currently leads The Fife Free Press Mirror of Merit standings as the season approaches halfway.
However, Dorr believes his best is yet to come.
“I’m just starting to feel like I’m getting my legs,” Dorr told the Press.
“I know that’s crazy for me to say in December but I was fighting that groin injury early, and I didn’t play too many games last year.
“Injuries are part of the game - it’s how you bounce back afterwards that’s important.
“Coming back from a concussion isn’t necessarily the easiest of things because you’re a little tentative, shying away from hits maybe.
“But I’ve felt good, I haven’t had any other symptoms and I’m getting my legs back.
“I’m feeling more confident with the puck so I’ve just got to keep this rolling.”
Like many of his team mates, Dorr isn’t happy with his points production so far in the EIHL, which currently sits at 9+5, so he was pleased to see a couple go in against Dundee on Saturday.
“The first one - I don’t know if it was even a good shot,” he said.
“I was just shovelling at the puck and those are ones you like to see go in.
“I’ve been gripping the stick and haven’t been scoring much so when the ones that you don’t think should go in, do go in, those are nice to have.
“It’s tough for the guys who haven’t scored in a while - I went through it earlier in the season - but we’ve just got to stick together as a team.
“I scored one that shouldn’t have gone in and that will happen to the other guys.
“Everyone’s just got to stick to the game plan and it will come.
“I know they are frustrated but if you keep the spirits up and compete in practice, pucks will start bouncing your way.”
After a run of five straight defeats in mid-November, Flyers have won three of their last five fixtures and Dorr is seeing signs that the team is starting to come good.
“Guys are a little bit more hungry,” he said. “We’re competing more in practice, it’s more high tempo, and it’s transferring into the games.
“We had a tough stretch there and people were gripping their sticks a little bit more.
“You’ve just got to have the will to win then good things start happening and it’s more fun to come to the rink.
“I think we’ve been doing that for the last two weeks now.
“We haven’t necessarily been getting every win, but we’re at least competing in every game, and having fun in every game.
“Consistency brings you success and I think we’ve shown that the last few weeks, but now can we put that together for a full month? Or a full two months?
“We’ve just got to keep level-headed and stay together as a team. If we lose one we’ve got to bounce back.
“Good teams don’t lose two or three in a row.”