Simply playing on a losing side is hard to take, but captaining one can be a lot tougher.
Just ask Justin DaCosta, for whom the past few weeks have become a lot more enjoyable now that Fife Flyers are winning games.
Flyers have kicked their losing habit, winning five of their last six fixtures, and the 28-year-old skipper is feeling a lot better about himself.
“It’s been a tough season,” DaCosta told the Press.
“I felt good before I got injured but when I came back after six weeks out, I was guilty of putting too much pressure on myself.
“Now that we’re winning, everyone is happy and feeling a lot better about themselves, myself included.
“It goes without saying that it’s much better to be captain of a winning team, but as far as I’m concerned the captaincy is just a technicality.
“I try to do what I can off the ice, but it’s not just me, every guy in the room is capable of wearing the captaincy.”
The defenceman has scored a goal in each of the last three home games to help keep the team’s slim play-off hopes alive.
“It feels good to contribute,” he said. “Guys like myself and Haines try to contribute as best we can from the back end.
“Confidence is part of it, but we’re also making better decisions with the puck.
“There’s more communication on the ice, and we’re playing within the systems.
“We’re just doing what we’ve been doing our whole life - going out there and enjoying the game we love to play - and it’s showing.”
Flyers’ recent form suggests they might be in a false position in the Elite League.
“We’re near the bottom of the table for a reason - we put ourselves there,” DaCosta added.
“You can always look back at the season and wish you could’ve done some things differently to get the points.
“But we put ourselves here and it’s up to every guy in room to dig ourselves out of it.
“We know we’ve got a good team and the guys in here believe we can still make the play-offs.
“We just have to take it game by game, even period by period, and stay focused on the task at hand.”