When the losses were piling up, the Edmonton Oilers reiterated how important it was to remain on an even keel.

And it was important; it just wasn’t easy.

Now that the Oilers have strung together a modest three-game winning streak — their first of the NHL season — there’s been an appreciable shift in dispositions.

“It’s a different feeling around here now. It feels like it should,” said goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who settled into his locker-room stall after turning away 24 shots in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers at Rexall Place.

“This is how it’s supposed to feel. It’s how everyone in here expects to feel.

“This is when the game is fun and everybody feels confident and everybody is appreciating what each other is doing,” Dubnyk continued. “We need to hang on to that feeling and enjoy it and want it. When you can really appreciate that winning feeling and that confidence, then you’re going to fight harder for each game.”

The Oilers were far from polished against the Panthers, which they will focus on before Monday’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rexall Place.

Edmonton has outscored its last three opponents 15-3 — 15-1, in fact, since the third period of last Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. That come-from-behind victory was followed by a 7-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Over the last three games, the Oilers have not allowed a power-play goal while scoring five times with the man advantage.

They also scored 14 unanswered goals, matching a franchise record set in 1985.

“It’s not easy to maintain an outwardly positive attitude when you’re losing,” said captain Andrew Ference.

The Oilers were losing regularly, with three five-game streaks in the books resulting in a record of 7-15-2.