Go back two coaches, three general managers and one team captain to find the last time the Maple Leafs won five straight games.

While video of that quintet won’t all be stamped “send to Hockey Hall of Fame,” the Leafs will not argue the results, the way this month had started to unravel.

With a 4-2 win over the Coyotes the Leafs are at five straight for the first time under Randy Carlyle.

The coach’s body language on the bench betrayed total satisfaction at the streak as the Leafs teetered on trouble despite taking a shutout (3-0) into the third period for just the second time in the past 13 road games. When two Leafs power plays resulted in a 2-on-1 for the Coyotes and a short-handed goal, his arms were folded tight enough to cut circulation. He needed to call a late timeout.

“We did a lot of good things early and then reverted back to old (bad) habits,” Carlyle said. “We had a big power-play goal to give us a cushion (Nazem Kadri) but then we gave up a short-handed one (a fifth, tied for worst in the league) that kind of kicks you in the stomach and you wonder what’s going on.

“We’d all agree we’re making individual mistakes, such as turnovers with the puck that shouldn’t be made in those areas. It shows a little bit of (feeling) pressure and a bit of being lackadaisical between the ears.

“We have to learn how to manage a clock and a lead. But we’ve won five, we found a way, got the goaltending (39 saves from first star Jonathan Bernier) and points are valuable no matter how. When you can go out on the road and get the first one, hopefully it’s a sign of positive things.”

Paul Maurice’s luckless Leafs’ team of 2006-07 were the last to get five straight in a season they missed the playoffs on the last day of the schedule. But Toronto’s efforts of late, which included a big win over Montreal on Saturday, have helped them stay above water in the Eastern Conference playoff rapids while opening four on the road against the West on the right note.

“We’ve found out winning is fun,” joked defenceman Jake Gardiner who opened the scoring. “We kept our last practice light and hopefully there’s more of that to come.

“It’s just the starts we’d been having. They weren’t great before. I don’t know what it is, but we seem to be scoring first and most teams doing that have success.”