Focus is the key for Belfast Giants' Derrick Walser
Derrick Walser has warned his Belfast Giants players that they must keep their focus on the present after shooting themselves right into the Elite League title race.
The Giants have what are three potentially title-deciding matches against the Cardiff Devils in the space of five days starting next weekend.
The message that Walser is drumming into his men in the locker room is that those battles with the Devils will only take on significant importance if they take their winning streak to seven games in a row by beating Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena tonight.
"We're right in there now and there is no reason why we can't win the league," said Walser.
"We want to do it and the key thing for us is to control the things that we can control and do the little things that have helped us get to where we are right now.
"We know that we will get a tough game against Braehead and if we don't apply ourselves all the hard work that we have done could come to an end before we really get a shot at getting to the top.
"If we lose this game it could really hurt our chances even before we get to the Cardiff games next week.
"We want to stay in control of our own destiny and it's important that we win in order to do that."
The door opened slightly further for the Giants last night when Cardiff lost 6-1 in Nottingham.
Walser's men are now three points behind the Devils and the Sheffield Steelers, but have a game in hand on both teams.
"It's opening up and that result brings Nottingham right back into the mix now too," said Walser.
"We are clawing our way back in and it's never over until it is over. The guys are relaxed, they are playing with confidence and things are a lot more fun right now than when we were on a slide."