PARAPHRASING Mark Twain a bit here, but any rumor of the Flyers' death has been greatly exaggerated.

At least for now.

The Flyers followed up a pair of wins over the weekend with perhaps the most dramatic victory of the season on Wednesday night, beating visiting Montreal, 5-3.

"We won't give up. We still have a chance," said youngster Sean Couturier, who ended a 27-game streak without a goal. "If we keep winning, we'll be back in the mix."

The Flyers not only have won three in a row for the first time all year, they finally won a game that they had trailed after the first period. They were 0-12 in that situation coming in. So in 12 of their 17 losses, they basically were cooked even before the oven got warm.

Now, they're the ones cooking.

"We just have to keep playing, play a full 60 [minutes] and ride this wave that we're on," said forward Matt Read.

The Flyers are banged up mightily on defense, most notably Braydon Coburn (shoulder separation), Nicklas Grossmann (upper body) and Andrej Meszaros (torn rotator cuff). Their active blue-liners are more green than any other color.

But Wednesday, two of them contributed mightily to the deciding goals. Bruno Gervais, who has been thrust into the top pairing thanks to Coburn's injury, had an assist on a goal off Wayne Simmonds' skate that tied the game with a little more than 5 minutes left.