Turns out there’s really no big secret when it comes to transforming a losing team into a winning team — you just have to start playing better.

Unfortunately for the Edmonton Oilers, it took them about 20 games to figure that out.

And, at 7-15-2, it’s still a bit of a stretch to call them a winning team.

But three victories in a row has the club thinking things might be different around here from now on.

“The guys are getting it, there’s been a lot more solid play in our own end,” said Oilers captain Andrew Ference. “Whether it’s breakouts or backchecking or little positional plays that have really helped — those things are starting to click and we’re being rewarded with more goals and more opportunities in the other end.”

They were rewarded with four straight goals to complete their comeback win over Calgary, seven straight goals in the rout of Columbus and three straight goals to start Thursday’s 4-1 win over Florida.

While a lot of people are quick to point out that Edmonton’s run is coming at the expense of some soft opposition, which is true, 14 unanswered goals is 14 unanswered goals.

And didn’t Florida just beat Vancouver and Colorado? And didn’t Columbus take Washington, Boston and Montreal to overtime before beating Ottawa?

Something seems to be clicking here.

“Obviously it didn’t happen as fast as we wanted,” said Ference. “But these last couple have been a lot more promising, seeing guys being a lot more committed to certain ideas. That’s the best way to cement in certain ideas, to have success with them, and the last couple of games have really done that for a lot of guys.”

Of course, the attention spans being what they are on this eternally perplexing team, the Oilers wandered a little bit at the tail end of the Florida game, allowing a few bad habits to worm their way back into the picture — things like toe drags, a few cross-ice passes and maybe the odd 1-on-3 rush.