Rich Peverley has endured a season to forget for the Boston Bruins, but it’s not too late to turn things around.

He showed a little glimmer that things might finally be brightening for him when he potted the first goal Monday night, flipping open the offensive floodgates for a season-high six goals in Boston's 6-2 win over Carolina.

It was the perfect response for No. 49 after being dropped to a fourth-line role as center between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron, though the traditional number labels don’t seem to apply at this point. Coach Claude Julien is spreading the offense and defense throughout his forward group to get a more balanced attack with Patrice Bergeron missing, and accomplished that on Monday night as three of the four lines contributed a goal in the victory.

The goal also ended a 10-game goalless drought for Peverley in a season that’s tested his confidence in his offensive abilities.

“It’s been a tough season, but there’s 10 games left," said Peverley, who's scored only 5 goals in 37 games. "Hopefully I can build off of this and get ready when it counts the most."

Peverley had four shots on goal and won 8-of-13 faceoffs as he scored two points and had a plus-2 rating.

“I think all the lines played well and maybe it was that little spark that we needed," he said. "All the lines seemed to work so hopefully we can build on this. You never know what can happen.

“I think I’m definitely able to [contribute more offensively]. Hopefully I can actually go out and do it. I consider myself an offensive player, so what’s been happening so far this season’s been tough. With 10 games left hopefully I can build off of this, and the playoffs are when it counts the most.”