The trouble with four-game unbeaten streaks in a compact 48-game lockout-shortened season is that you’re never sure if what you’re watching might be a mirage.

Especially when you are as thirsty as Edmonton and the Oilers happen to be for success, crawling out of Death Valley Days and the Great Depression of 2010-11-12.

If this isn’t a mirage, it’s significant. Perhaps even momentous.

What we’re dealing with here are a few members of the Oilers being of the belief they’ve made the most important discovery there is to make on an emerging NHL entity.

“Our identity,” volunteered Jordan Eberle.

It wasn’t there when the San Jose Sharks spoiled the home opener by scoring six first-period goals in a 6-3 win back in January.

It wasn’t there when the Oilers lost 4-0 in Detroit and 6-0 in Nashville in Games 6 and 7 of the nine-game road trip.

But it’s been there, they swear, in the last four games as they’ve collected seven of eight points in the standings to keep the coroner away.

“The identity of our team,” the new assistant captain expounded.

“We’ve found our identity. Now we’re building on it. As games progress forward, we’re going to get better at it. Getting smarter. More mature. Not turning the puck over as much. Getting on the forecheck,” enthused Eberle.