The bad news for Canadiens forward Daniel Brière is that he will start on the fourth line against the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

The good news is that Brière has been around long enough to know that things can change quickly.

“The last game in Vancouver our unit didn’t play very well and I knew that with Brian Gionta coming back there would be some changes” Brière said after he found himself on a line with Travis Moen and Michaël Bournival as the Canadiens practiced Monday at the MTS Centre. “I can’t let it worry me. Things change fast. All four lines have been chipping in and I know that wherever I’m slotted I have to respond.”

Brière was the team’s most prominent free-agent acquisition in the off-season but he has only one assist through five games and that came on Max Pacioretty’s empty-net goal Thursday in Edmonton.

Accountability is a key word in head coach Michel Therrien’s vocabulary and he has told his players that the effort and results they produce on the ice will be reflected in their ice time .

“Michel has said it from the start that this is the way it’s going to go” said Brière. “There are some guys who have stepped up early and they deserve the ice time. In my case I’ve always been something of a slow starter. Right now I’m getting caught on the outside and it’s up to me to get back in.”

“We have a lot of depth with our forwards especially with our wingers and we have to take some decisions and we made a decision to put Daniel on the fourth line” said Therrien. “But things change really quick in this business. This is the way we’ll start tomorrow but it could change.”

Brière said he is adjusting to new teammates and more importantly a new system after spending the past six years in Philadelphia. But he stressed the importance of patience.

“You can’t panic but the most important thing is the team” he said. “Personally it’s not the ideal start but it’s only five games (into the season). There’s a long way to go. The bottom line is that I know I can play better and it’s up to me to produce.

“The last game I found myself on the wrong side of things because I did things I would have done under the old system” Briere added. “I have to reach the point where I do the right thing without thinking.”

Brière said his struggles are balanced by the team’s success in winning two of the first three games on its four-game road swing.

“The team is going well and the goal is to come home at 3-1. A 3-1 road trip to Western Canada would be an excellent road trip and that’s what we’re focusing on.”