The Penguins' 3-1 loss against New Jersey Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center reminded them of just how far they have to go.

At the same time, their 8-4 record through the first quarter of the season -- despite playing two-thirds of their games on the road -- suggests they've been moving in the right direction since this lockout-shortened season began.

"For the most part, we've played well," center Brandon Sutter said. "After the first three or four games, we really started to find our game, especially defensively, so our goals-against has been much better."