The win was San Jose’s 11th straight over Montreal at the SAP Center.
“It was important,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.
“We needed a win. I think obviously we didn’t have the start we wanted. We wanted to get a good start here at home and for whatever reason we put ourselves in a spot where we really needed a win tonight to feel good going on the road trip, and we got it done. I think we’re getting a little better every game.”
“It’s a very poor start from our team, from myself, from a lot of individuals,” Montreal forward Max Pacioretty said.
“But who’s going to feel sorry for us? Tomorrow we play another good team [the Los Angeles Kings] with an opportunity to turn this around. So as upset as we are right now, it doesn’t do us any good to feel sorry for ourselves.
“It’s a good time to look in the mirror and see what we’re made of because a lot of people are probably doubting this team right now.”
The Sharks were able to salvage a little bit of their homestand before hitting the road.
“Obviously we didn’t have the homestand we wanted, coming in 1-3,” San Jose’s Joe Pavelski said.
“A chance to leave on a positive note and take a little momentum onto the road. Guys stepped up tonight.”
Logan Couture scored two goals and had two assists, and Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton scored while Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose.