If you were to map a successful John Tortorella launch it might look a lot like the Canucks first week of the season.

A 3-1 record with an uptempo high-event approach Tortorella summed up this way:

“I don’t believe in counter-punching. I believe in inflicting.”

Oh yes that quote will resonate in Vancouver.

So will the pair of gut-check come-from-behind wins as long as you don’t spend too much time patting down the rosters the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames have been rolling out. (Hint you’d feel a lot of cold garbage.)

Three early wins against bad teams aren’t going to help the Canucks brass which hired Tortorella at some risk sleep at night. But it’s better than the alternative.

“It’s better than 1-3 where I think people would second-guess a lot of things” Chris Higgins said. “But there’s a long way to go.”

Sure is.

Lose to San Jose Thursday and make it nine straight losses to the Sharks and the Canucks will be seen as a team still spinning its tires.

But there is at least evidence now the Canucks have overcome their first obstacle to this season. That was always going to be embracing a new coach who is nothing like the old one.

That hasn’t been a problem. The Sedins have been gushing about everything Tortorella including his shot-blocking demands and continuous line-changing.

Players seem to believe there is a “Torts effect” that can push them when they’re losing.

Roberto Luongo put it this way on TSN: “Torts won’t let us quit.”

Some may take comments like this and ones on the line-changing and the aggressive forecheck which have been coming from Vancouver’s leadership as swipes at Alain Vigneault. But I’m unconvinced that’s what’s going on here.

This is an aging core with a closing window of opportunity to win in need of something to believe in. For now they believe in Tortorella.

It seems the coach who reportedly lost the locker-room in New York has been making it easy on them here to start. The guy with the hard-ass bully reputation has kept things positive more often than not to start his Canucks career.

“He really builds you up before games and in-between periods” Jason Garrison said. “He’s a very good motivator.

“You get pumped up. He’s very good at it. It’s a lot of fun listening to him.”

Tortorella is Johnny Goodtimes? Players in the locker-room are having a lot of fun?

Yeah didn’t see that coming.

What was predictable was Tortorella’s hands-on approach to in-game coaching. He has an incessant need to line-change.

“If you like playing together you better show the coach” Higgins said.