David Perron exited the Blues' locker room, walked onto the team's bench, and as soon as his name was announced, the sellout crowd of 19,150 at Scottrade Center gave him a thunderous ovation.

"That was unbelievable ... that's our fans," Perron said moments after the player introductions were made before Saturday's regular-season opener. "Our fans care a lot about our players, but I didn't expect it to be like that and I thank them."

The only disappointing aspect for Perron was that he was wearing a black suit, not his Blues' uniform. But he finally believes that will come sooner than later, after the winger rejoined the club Sept. 26 and resumed skating and lifting weights. He is out indefinitely as he regains the strength that he lost after being inactive for 10 months following a concussion.

"It's been going good ... somewhat a little better than I expected," Perron said. "I'm going out there and pushing a little bit more. There haven't been any setbacks so far, so that's the good part."