After Friday's loss, Barons coach Todd Nelson challenged his veterans to do what he knew they could.
After a dismal start Saturday, they came through in a big way.
Brad Moran scored a hat trick, Alexandre Giroux had a pair of assists and Colin McDonald set up Linus Omark's game-winner with less than two minutes left as the Barons beat Lake Erie 4-3 for their first win in team history in front of 3,259 at the Cox Center.
"It's huge for us," Moran said. "There's a lot of new guys and winning brings guys together. Coming from behind is a bonus on top of that. We don't want to do it every night but we know we can do it."
With just 1:23 remaining before a possible overtime, Omark took a pass out from from Liam Reddox and beat Monsters goaltender John Grahame to cap off a comeback from being down 3-0.
"I knew it was going to come if I kept working hard," Omark said. "It's a great win. We had a bad start but we can turn it around."
The Barons play at Houston at 4:05 today in their first road game.
"I don't know if it'll make the ride shorter but it'll definitely make it better," Nelson said.
The power play, which had been a big problem for the Barons as they went winless in their first three, started off disastrously against the Monsters.
The game seemingly fell apart for the Barons after Lake Erie's Mike Carman was sent to the box for hooking with 5:28 left in the first.
Just 11 seconds later, David Liffiton found Greg Mauldin on an outleft pass that left Mauldin one-on-one with Barons goaltender Martin Gerber.
Mauldin beat Gerber on the stick side for the shorthanded goal.
Just more than a minute later, the Monsters got a similar chance, though this time David Van der Gulik beat Gerber on the glove side for yet another shorthanded goal.
"Couple unlucky bounces that bounced over our d-men," Barons captain Ben Ondrus said. "They're a good team and they capitalized. It was a little disappointing. Everyone's trying to do so much and to have that go against us was a real test of character."
After some "elevated" words from Nelson at the intermission, the Barons quickly fell behind by another goal.
But just past the midway point of the second, Moran put one past Monsters goaltender John Grahame to get the Barons on the board.
From that point on, the Barons controlled the game.
Just more than four minutes later, Moran gave the Barons their first power play goal of the season when he jammed home a rebound past Grahame.
The Barons started the season 0 for 21 on the power play before Moran's goal.
Moran capped off the first hat trick in team history with another goal at 15:36 of the third to bring the game back even.
After scoring just once in each of their first three games, the Barons were on an offensive roll.
"We've put in some good efforts and we weren't being rewarded," Ondrus said. "It's tough when you're working so hard and you're not getting rewarded offensively. We persevered tonight and made a good comeback. It's nice to get that first win."