After the game, Carroll sat down for a heart-to-heart session with a dozen of his players.
"There's no question that the change took place the night we got together and the days to follow," Carroll said, "because of the leadership of the 12 guys that were in that meeting. They took the thought, they took the messaging and delivered it to the club."
"We had lost a little contact with how crucial it is to play for each other and how crucial it is to support the people on your team and how crucial it is to get out of yourself and give to the guys around you," Carroll explained. " ... It is the essence of team sports I think. That it's not about you, it's about the people around you and you give yourself to them. That's really what has taken place."
"That's when we're at our best," Thomas said. "When we have love and togetherness, we feed off each other, and it's a beautiful thing."