Neilson remains upbeat about Nottingham's title chances
Nottingham Panthers player coach Corey Neilson insists Sunday's overtime loss against Cardiff may turn out to be a good result in the hunt for the title.
Panthers were forced to settle for a point from the 3-2 defeat in Wales.
And although Elite League leaders Coventry Blaze are now a point clear of Panthers with three games in hand, Neilson remained in upbeat mood.
"It will be a big point. Not many teams come to Cardiff and take anything," Neilson told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"The fact that we are is credit to the club and the commitment and what we are doing.
"But it is tough to know you have to win every night to keep pace. Hopefully we can do our business when we play them [Coventry]."
Panthers recorded a thumping 10-3 home victory over Newcastle Vipers on Saturday, blitzing the opposition with a superb attacking display.
Kevin Bergin, Dominc D'Amour and Sean McAslan all scored twice and there were also goals for David Clarke, Johann Molin, Marty Gascon and youngster Josh Ward
But they were unable to make it a second consecutive weekend win-double despite getting a blistering start.
Goals from Neilson and Sean McAslan earned a 2-0 opening-period lead.
But the Devils hit back to force the extra period and took maximum points in overtime.
Neilson added: "We had some chances and our powerplay wasn't clicking for some reason but you have have to give them credit, they put a lot of pressure on us.
"They are a good team, they came at us with pace and it was a tough night. We defended well and played hard but our offence wasn't quite there."
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