When he first joined the Detroit Red Wings organization, Jared Coreau was a spectator for the AHL playoffs.

Four years after watching the Grand Rapids Griffins claim the Calder Cup, Coreau has been the go-to goaltender as the Griffins again have gone four rounds deep. It’s an immensely satisfying position for Coreau to be in, even as his future is uncertain. Coreau’s 31-save performance in Game 4’s 3-2 victory Friday at Syracuse left the Griffins one victory from clinching, and broke the Crunch’s 10-game home winning streak.

In a recent interview with the Free Press, Coreau talked about what this run means to him, and the encouragement he gets from Griffins coach Todd Nelson.

“Nellie always talks to me about giving the team a chance to win,” Coreau said. “I think that is just my mind-set going into every game - it’s not so much about thinking I am going to have a good game, it is just believing that I am playing for the crest on the front and the guys in the room.”

Coreau’s story since being signed as a free agent in April of 2013, after three seasons at Northern Michigan, is a study in perseverance. He won one game his first year of pro hockey – and it was in the ECHL, the tier below the AHL. Two seasons later, in 2015-16, he won 29 games with the Griffins. This past season saw him win 19 games, but he spent nearly three months with the Wings, briefly supplanting Petr Mrazek as starter and earning two shutouts among 14 appearances.