Devils players and general manager Lou Lamoriello remain convinced that coach Pete DeBoer has one of the brightest hockey minds in the NHL and that he is still the man who can turn the team’s season around before it’s too late.

But as the 0-4-3 Devils look for their first victory of the season when they host the Rangers (2-4-0) tonight at Prudential Center how patient will Lamoriello be?

"I don’t know what patience is" the GM said.

And how worried are new owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer that their team could become irrelevant before Thanksgiving if the losing continues? Certainly the Devils are looking at a must-win game.

"I’m not big on must-wins" DeBoer said yesterday. "There’s no doubt we need a win. I think we need a win for our confidence. I’m really not looking at the standings right now. For me it’s an evaluation of how we’re playing where our team game is and what our identity is.

"I thought we took a real good step last night in Ottawa (a 5-2 loss Thursday) and we need to keep building on that. If we do we’ll win games. That’s my view of it."

Does facing the Rangers ramp up the desire to get that first win?

"It doesn’t get any more urgent than where we’re sitting right now. I don’t think you can ramp up the urgency any more" DeBoer said. "Complacency isn’t an issue right now."

Lamoriello has never fired a coach earlier than 14 games into a season which he did on Nov. 6 1989 when he sacked Jim Schoenfeld who is now the Rangers’ assistant GM.