Mikael Backlund’s Twitter timeline was filled with good news.

Calgary Flames bench boss Bob Hartley had high praise for Backlund after Thursday’s overtime loss to the Red Wings in Detroit — “Presently, he’s probably our best forward,” Hartley told reporters — and it didn’t take long for somebody to pass on the message to the 24-year-old centre.

“Everything positive you can get, you take and you run with it,” Backlund said. “It’s always nice to hear that, but there’s still a lot of games to be played and I’ve gotta keep it up and I’ll try to do that.

“That’s what my goal was starting this year and will keep being — being the best player on our team and trying to help the team as much as possible to win games.”

Backlund scored once in Thursday’s 3-2 OT loss to the Red Wings and is the only Flames player with two tallies so far on this trek, which concludes with Saturday’s matinee against the Pittsburgh Penguins (11 a.m., Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Fan 960).