The forward was recruited on loan from Dundee United to bolster an attack which had scored just three times in the league but has also shown his value in a dressing room which was similarly short on reasons to smile.
The palpitations suffered by Hearts at the end of last season have limited the severity of Kilmarnock's own arrest this term, with the Rugby Park side still to win a competitive match only to remain a full 10 points clear of the Tynecastle club. Any discussion about such form has tended to revert to claims that the elusive victory is not far off, perhaps even as close as a fixture against Ross County when the Highland side visit Rugby Park this afternoon.
The background to the match is informed by Gardyne since the forward was revitalised during three and a half years in Dingwall, even if that train of thought was to be rudely interrupted by the 27-year-old's own sense of mischief. "I'm very quiet . . . nah, I'm a wee bit mental in the dressing room but sometimes you need that, a little bit of character," said Gardyne, who is on loan at Rugby Park until January.
"I've just been up to the usual pranks. You can't beat it when you are getting a laugh with the boys before going out to training. Can I describe the pranks? Definitely not.
"There are a few characters; there is Craig Samson, Pasca [Manuel Pascali], Kris Boyd and a few of the young boys are wide-Os as well. It's a good dressing room here and we have been training well and working hard to turn the results around. We just need to take that on to the pitch now."
When they get out there today, Kilmarnock will encounter a player they know well - Ben Gordon lining up for County against the side with which he won the 2012 League Cup. The Ayrshire side have become disunited since as supporters rail against chairman Michael Johnston and Gordon is disappointed to watch his former side in distress.
"In my time there, it was a good atmosphere at the club," said the full-back. "It's a shame what is happening at the club at the moment."