It’s not how you start, but how you finish – something the San Jose Sharks know all too well a quarter of the way through the shortened NHL season.

The Sharks are on a seven-game winless run since starting 2013 with a 7-0-0 record.

But according to Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, the answer to San Jose’s perplexing turn for the worst already resides inside the dressing room.

"If we hadn't seen the glimpse of the seven-game start, that would tell you something,” Wilson told the San Jose Mercury. “There are other teams that have gone through phases of losing some games, other very good, talented teams out there that are not on top of their game to the level they want to be."

The Sharks have scored just three times in their last four games, allowing 12 goals along the way.

"We're more concerned about our group and getting back to the things that led us to the first seven games,” Wilson said.

If they're going to change their fortunes, San Jose will have to do it on the road. The Sharks are in the midst of a six-game road trip which sees them travel to St. Louis Tuesday night.