Panthers coach Kevin Dineen publicly admitted that he and winger Scottie Upshall have “been at odds” at different times during the past two seasons.

On Saturday, Dineen pulled the struggling Upshall to the side after morning skate had concluded. The two talked, sometimes emphatically, for what seemed like 10 minutes.

The conversation, at times, didn’t look like it was the most pleasant.

A few hours later, not too surprisingly, Upshall scored Florida’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Penguins. It was just the third goal for Upshall this season — and just his fifth since signing a four-year deal worth $14 million in 2011.

“I’m stubborn and have a real belief in how he needs to play to be an effective player,” Dineen said after the game. “He got on the scoresheet [Saturday], and I’m very happy for him.

“At the end of the day, I usually don’t judge a player on whether he made it to that side of the ledger. But I think his effort and sincerity was there in how he played. It was a good response by him.”

Upshall knows he isn’t getting the results he once was and isn’t scoring the way the Panthers thought he would when they signed him to a long-term deal as a free agent.

Injuries have played a part in Upshall’s struggles, as he missed a big chunk of last season with a sports hernia injury that required surgery. This season, he missed a month with an ankle injury and was injured in his first game back from that.

Of the 123 games the Panthers have played since Upshall joined the team, he has played in 46. In last season’s playoff series against the Devils, however, Upshall played well and had a goal with two assists in the seven games.

“Things haven’t gone well here, that’s for sure, but you can’t dwell on the past,” Upshall said Saturday morning. “You have to continue to get better each day, try to find some chemistry. I’m an opportunistic player who feeds off opportunity. It’s tough when you don’t get those chances. When things don’t go well, they don’t go well.”