A big, shutout win over your biggest rival, in their home building for the second time this season with the eyes of the New York sports media watching (that was until the Jets hired a new coach and general manager that day). Yeah, it would have been easy to get a bit high and mighty about oneself.
But the Islanders did just the opposite of that.
The team has remained even-keeled after the 3-0 victory on Tuesday, something they have done through the highs and lows of the first 43 games of the 2014-15 campaign. The Islanders took a few minutes to enjoy the win at Madison Square Garden, but there was no partying in the locker room or no over the top statements. They quickly turned their focus to their next opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"You're going to have highs and lows throughout the season, but it was just another game," head coach Jack Capuano said after practice on Thursday. "It was a game, it was a big game there's no question. It was a team that was playing extremely well and hopefully that will give our club some confidence. One that we can compete and beat some of these good teams.
"We won the game, we enjoyed it for a few minutes after, but it's back to work."
Heading into Friday's divisional tilt against the Penguins, the Islanders are first in the Metropolitan Division and second in the Eastern Conference. For most observers, the Isles have accomplished quite a bit in the first half of the year, but the team will hardly say they have done much.
"We know we have a good team," captain John Tavares said. "We have the talent and the depth. The work ethic and the attention to details there, but it's a process and a long way to go. We really haven't accomplished a whole lot. I think we set ourselves up for a good second half and for each game going forward, but that's all it is.
"I think that's where the attitude of the group has been really good and the maturity level certainly has come along way"
The new level of maturity that the Islanders have was evident after the win on Tuesday and has really been present for the entire first half of the year. There have been many times the team could have gotten over confident during the opening three and a half months of the season.
Talks of the Islanders being the best team in the market stared in November and December. Their high level of play bolster that too. And then when the team went on several losing streaks, things could have gone in the other direction.
The development of the team's core group of players and the addition of veterans like Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy and Jaroslav Halak have come to a head this season.
"These are the kind of guys you learn from," Matt Martin said when speaking about Leddy, Boychuk and Halak. "We have a lot of young guys still on this team and I know myself I can learn a lot from guys like that. Even [Nikolay Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski] and the other additions we have are guys that are responsible and are big pieces to this hockey team."