Hull Stingrays captain Josh Mizerek says he is beginning to settle into life in the Elite League after a challenging start.
Mizerek signed from Dutch side The Hague in the close season but the Rays have won just one of their opening six league games.
He told BBC Radio Humberside: "You've got to show up every night and that's a huge difference from the Dutch league.
"I like the idea of competing and I want our locker room to boast that."
Mizerek also believes that the side is still very much a work in progress.
"That's why you have the whole season and you take the good with the bad," he explained.
"We've been searching for consistency, we've had moments of ups and downs and we're trying to string it together for the full sixty," he added.
The 34-year-old defenceman is currently playing with an eye injury sustained in the 4-2 defeat by Cardiff, and said his vision continues to be affected.
"We had a powerplay and I dived to keep it in the zone, then a Cardiff player turned and tried to hit it out and his stick rode up my stick and caught me right under the mask in the eye socket.
"I ended up getting four stitches and I couldn't see a thing out of my right eye and it's still a little blurry."
The Stingrays will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they face Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers this weekend.