That has to be how the Canadiens feel as they fly home to bring in the New Year with family and friends.
Playing their third game in four nights Tuesday, the Habs often looked like they were simply out of gas, which was more than understandable after the big effort displayed in Miami one night earlier in a 5-2 victory.
But that one solid effort still allowed the Canadiens to leave the Sunshine State with two wins, as the Lightning couldn't take advantage of their opponents' obvious fatigue and let the Habs hang around long enough to squeak out a 2-1 shootout win.
That's now five wins in six games for these Habs, all of them without the services of Saku Koivu and Christopher Higgins, and for the first time this season it looks like this group might very well live up to the high expectations that were heaped on them prior to the season.
What was impossible to foresee when those lofty goals were being set over the summer was that it would be the birth of a new energy line that would prove to be the catalyst.
This stretch of five wins in six games coincides with Guy Carbonneau's decision to place Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Tom Kostopoulos together on a line in a 5-2 thumping of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Lapierre has three goals and two assists, Latendresse has two goals and two assists while Kostopoulos has two assists in those six games. But more important than the numbers, which are quite impressive, is the residual impact the line has had on their teammates by consistently going out, shift after shift, and maintaining pressure in the offensive zone. Those shifts create momentum, they inspire teammates, they demoralize opponents.
Kostopoulos didn't get on the scoresheet Tuesday, but both Carbonneau and Latendresse pointed to his fight with Tampa's giant Evgeny Artyukhin - who knocked Alex Tanguay out of action for the foreseeable future with a left shoulder injury on a legal hit - for giving the Canadiens energy and purpose in the game.
"He was stuck with a monster on the other side, but I know that changed the game," Latendresse told reporters. "It showed the team he was ready to play and we jumped on board with him."
Carbonneau's decision to pick Lapierre and Latendresse for the shootout Tuesday night speaks volumes to how he feels about the impact the Quebec natives had not only on this game, but on the team in general over the past couple of weeks.
"Those two played excellent and allowed us to get back in the game," Carbonneau said. "Sometimes you need to give players like that a chance to show what they can do. Once again, Maxim found a way."
It was around this time last year that Carbonneau's decision to play Alex Kovalev with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn sparked an incredible second half for the Canadiens. Though Lapierre, Latendresse and Kostopoulos likely won't impact the season in quite the same way, it could turn out to be nearly as significant.
The Habs are in the midst of the toughest stretch in their schedule, one where they play 18 of 26 games away from the Bell Centre. Having a reliable energy line is a valuable resource for Carbonneau on the road.
But having one that's playing like an elite checking line is a major asset, one that might very well send the Canadiens on their way to another great second half.