Scott Hartnell wanted to make his comeback on Thursday night when the Flyers lost to the Florida Panthers.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette weren’t sure.

“Talking with Homer and Lavy, it was probably better to give it a couple more days,” said the big left winger, who made his grand reappearance in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Hartnell logged 14:54 ice time playing on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. He had missed 16 games with a fracture in his left foot.

When he did he know he would return?

“A couple days,” Hartnell said. “I kind of kept things under the radar. I think the last couple of days I skated with the Phantoms … we kind of decided to come back Saturday would be a good time.

“It’s how I felt on the ice and I felt pretty good. Tonight was a lot getting used to the speed of the game again, and I was a little rusty, but it was a big win.