A big part of that was the crowd noise. At that time, the main chant Jackets fans were using was the old 'Let's Go Jackets, clap, clap clappity, clap'. And oldie but goodie that many teams use (e.g. the Red Wings). During that game, when the Pittsburgh fans started roaring 'Let's Go Pens', all the Jackets fans had to respond was 'clap, clap, clappity, clap', which isn't exactly a visceral response. The Penguins fans used their 'Let's Go Pens' chant to run the Blue Jackets fans out of the building (this is not an exaggeration). It didn't help that the Penguins waxed the Blue Jackets on the ice.
However, late in the run to the playoffs last year, a new cheer arose from the depths of Nationwide Arena. A homegrown (the best kind) cheer, a stirring chant of C-B-J repeatedly bellowed at the top of your lungs. This cheer allows the fans to really bring the thunder, and anyone who experienced last year's playoff games will not easily forget that sound. Scout around YouTube in those playoff clips. There are some excellent examples.
So when a game like Saturday's game starts to come up, the old scars start to tingle. The fear of being run out of the building lurks like a shadow. But there is a new dynamic in these games. The C-B-J chant is the exact same cadence as that 'Let's Go Pens' chant, and it gives the fan something that you can use to really respond. So now in these games, when some knuckle dragging mouth breather starts yelling in support of his flightless sea birds, I promptly, and effectively crank up the C-B-J chant. This gives the fans an ability to go toe to toe with the opposition, and contributes to the playoff-like atmosphere that we experienced on Saturday. And you gotta love that.
C-B-J!! C-B-J!!! C-B-J!!!!