It is nothing spectacular, mind you. Spectacular is not exactly Adam McQuaid’s style. But sure enough, the rangy Bruins defenseman is starting to look like his old self, which is pretty remarkable in itself.

McQuaid’s availability for this season came into question when a blood clot was discovered near his neck in September, causing him to undergo some pretty serious surgery.

After being under strict orders not to perform any physical exertion for over a month, he slowly regained some of his strength and, to the surprise of many, was able to start the season on time when the lockout ended in January.

It has taken some time for McQuaid to feel like himself, but that now appears to be within his grasp. He feels like he’s come a long way since the season opener.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I feel it’s quite a difference,” McQuaid said yesterday. “It’s been about a month, so I guess we’ve been at it for a while, and it feels good to get back into the rhythm. I said at the beginning of the year that you want things to become more like second nature, and that’s starting to come.

“I’m finding my positioning on the ice and stuff like that.”

McQuaid played a solid 14:07 in Sunday’s 3-1 win against the Sabres in Buffalo, adding a physical presence to go along with his plus-1 performance.

“I think (Sunday) night was one of his real strong games, so it’s coming along,” coach Claude Julien said. “He had a tough fall and beginning of the winter with what he went through, so it’s nice to see him pick up his game and take it to the level that he’s capable of. I think he’s pretty close to that. I liked his game (Sunday).”