The Blue Jackets have won five in a row.
They got a little help on Monday night, as well, with all three of Florida, Philadelphia and Carolina losing games in regulation. Make no mistake: there's plenty of work to be done with 12 games remaining, but they can feel a little better about where they stand after a 5-2 win over Montreal.
On getting the result once again:
"We lose Jonesy, which is a big part of our tempo and our transition. You know it's going that way when we don't score our goals. Bjorky has an open net, Z has a couple of chances...we have a number of great chances to make it five. You know they're going to take every chance they possibly can, but I still think we were on our heels too much. Bob certainly played well in that third period."
On the impact of Jones' potential loss:
"I don't know what he is. There's no sense in me answering that question until we find out about Jonesy. Precautionary tonight. We wanted to keep him out of the game for the third period...we'll see what the report is tomorrow."
On getting going in the first period after an early goal against:
"I don't think we needed to get on our toes, we were ready to play. (Montreal's first goal) is kind of a fluky goal...it's just a turnover and they score. It didn't affect us, we just kept on playing."
On whether Jones was injured coming into the game:
"Something happened (in this game). He wanted to play, I wanted to sit him out in the third period. Something was aggravated tonight."
On the friendly competition between he and Seth Jones:
"I haven't seen him yet after the game, so I'll have to go over there and tell him I'm coming for him. I'm happy for him. Seth and myself are two of the top D in goals in the NHL....it's fun playing with him, we have a blast out there. I'm rooting for him to get as many as he can, and I'll be right there with him."
On the team's confidence:
"We're just coming to the rink...it's fun to be here. It's a good time of the year to heat up. Everyone's doing their job – they're not doing anything less, anything more. We're finding ways to get two points."