Alex Burrows says his brain is telling his rehabbed shoulder it’s OK to stop worrying about the effects of off-season surgery — and it’s showing on the ice.

Burrows, the Vancouver Canucks’ top sniper with 35 goals last season, had a breakthrough game Wednesday against Colorado and hopes it’s a building block heading into Friday’s game with the San Jose Sharks.

“My shoulder has been a process,” Burrows, who missed 10 games at the start of the season, said after Thursday’s practice. “It was something I knew when I was going to go through surgery, the rehab and everything.

“The shoulder felt fine when I got back, but at the same time it’s just a matter of making sure your brain tells the shoulder, ‘It’s good to go, it’s fine, don’t worry about it.’

“It’s a freaky thing, you can tell your brain but it always holds you back a little bit. Now it feels better and the brain is letting go.”

The six-foot-one, 188-pound abrasive winger from Pinecourt, Que., was reunited on the top line with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin against the Avalanche and scored an important insurance goal in a 4-2 win.

He had several chances earlier in the contest and was on the end of a three-way passing play that gave goalie Peter Budaj no chance, triggering a quick release as the puck arrived.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Burrows’ recovery was tougher than if he had been injured and operated on during the season.

“It’s unfortunate that when a player doesn’t have training camp it seems that it takes him a little bit longer to find his rhythm,” Vigneault said of Burrows, who blossomed last season when he became a fixture with the twins.

Burrows said his legs are better after 11 games and he’s back in a comfort zone after scoring his second goal of the season to help the Canucks end a four-game losing skid.

“In the third they made perfect plays, and I just had to shoot the puck,” Burrows said of his Swedish linemates. “I know what they’re going to do, I know what kind of players they are and I know they are able to make plays defensively.”