The consensus was that Sunday night's 2-1 overtime victory against the Phoenix Coyotes revealed the kind of character the Blackhawks have been saying they have in abundance.
"They deserve a lot of credit," Hawks coach Trent Yawney said. "In games like tonight is where character is revealed."
Certainly it was a marked turnaround from Friday's 9-1 disaster in Dallas, but so far this season the Hawks have been pretty good at winning one in a row.
The bigger problem has been too much self-satisfaction after one victory, which has led right into another losing streak.
So though the two points were welcome, the Hawks won't really be moving forward unless they follow up with another victory Thursday night at St. Louis.
"The game in Dallas was the low point," goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin said.
He was speaking about his confidence, but it could also apply to the Hawks in general.
"It's going to take more than one game to rebound from that for the whole team," he said. "You have to start somewhere, and this is a good start."
Rookie defenseman Brent Seabrook, who night in and night out may be the Hawks' most valuable player, scored his second overtime winner in three games, taking a feed from Mark Bell on a three-on-one break with 39 seconds left in the extra session.
"We showed a lot of character and how much heart we have on our team to come back and battle," Seabrook said.
Seabrook had a hand in both Hawks goals. His shot from the point on the power play led to Rene Bourque's third goal of the season on a rebound at 2:55 of the third period. That tied the game 1-1 and turned around some bad luck Bourque had been having.
"I hit the post on my first shift of the game," he said. "I've been fighting the puck lately and having trouble scoring, so it felt good to get that one, for sure."
Perhaps the most important development of the night for the Hawks was their penalty killing. They had given up at least one power-play goal in each of the first 14 games of the season, and in the last two games had given up a total of six.
But Sunday they killed off all six Phoenix chances, including one in overtime, much to the displeasure of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky.
"We didn't even come close to scoring," Gretzky said of the four-on-three.
The Hawks were credited with 10 blocked shots, lead by Jim Vandermeer's three.
"We did a good job of putting on pressure, and there were good reads in those situations," Yawney said.
Phoenix took the lead late in the second period on a goal by Shane Doan. The Hawks came in allowing 61 goals, the second most in the league.
"It's definitely nice to win a game 2-1," Bourque said. "We have to win those games. To give up one goal is great step for our team."
But it's also a step they've taken before. Now comes the harder parttaking another one.
Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1, OT
Blackhawks win in OT
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