The Bruins were happy to take home a victory on Sunday over the Florida Panthers, and honored to hand their jerseys off to first responders and police officials in the annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” ceremony at TD Garden.

Normally the Bruins players give the jerseys to lucky season ticket holders on Fan Appreciation Night in one of the last home games of the season, but inspiration struck this season in light of the Marathon Monday bombings. At the request of Bruins season ticket holders, the signed autographed jerseys worn by the Bruins players during their game against the Panthers were given to first responders rather than the season ticket holders. It was truly a special moment given that it was 100 percent prompted by the season ticket holders looking to recognize the public safety personnel that played such an important role in this week’s trying experiences.

It was a pretty awesome spectacle given the tumultuous events of the last week, and certainly packed with plenty of emotion as several of the public safety officials were there representing fallen officers.

“The first thing those guys probably want to do is just go home and have some quiet time and collect their thoughts. For them to get out yesterday for the Sox and today with this…I’m glad that some of them were able to come and just see how much everybody appreciates them,” said Andrew Ference. “From the teams to the fans, everybody wants to give back and just show our love for them. It was really great. Everybody stuck around and gave them such a great ovation, and it’s good. I’m happy for them so that they can see from people just how much they’re appreciated.”