Keefe calls on Giants to maintain winning feeling after Cup glory
Adam Keefe believes Challenge Cup success has made his Belfast Giants players hungrier than ever to taste more trophy success.
The nature of the Elite League means that they can do just that in only four weeks time.
With the play-off title still there for the taking on the weekend after Easter, minds have already been turned towards the future rather than the past - after the players were handed an extra day off this week.
"We wanted the players to enjoy winning and to let it sink in, so we allowed them the extra time to do that," said Keefe, ahead of this weekend's home double-header against Braehead Clan tonight and the Nottingham Panthers tomorrow afternoon.
"It's not an easy trophy to win - given that we have only won it once before in 18 years - so it should be enjoyed.
"The guys have had that feeling of winning and I think that they are now hungrier for it than they were before and they want that feeling again.
"This is a crazy league and you have multiple opportunities to win trophies, and with the play-offs still up for grabs we still have another opportunity to do that this season.
"That is where our focus has to be now because we want to be playing well when that comes around."
While not resting on their laurels, Keefe wants the immediate future to be dictated by the past.
The nature of the Giants' 6-3 win over the Cardiff Devils in last Sunday's final is something that he wants the players to feed off, after coming from 1-0 down and 2-1 down before dominating the closing stages of the game.
"There are lessons that we want to take into the rest of the season," said Keefe.
"We have learned how to win big games and what we need to do to win them. We want to play the same way we did in Cardiff for the rest of the season.
"We have eight league games to go and then a play-off quarter-final. No matter who we get matched up against in that it will be a tough game and we have to make sure we are playing well."