NEWARK, N.J. -- Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup, and Justin Falk scored a rare goal to help the Columbus Blue Jackets end a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.
Columbus (27-33-4) scored on its fourth shot of the game, 6:41 into the first period. Falk took a pass from Dubinsky and sent a wrist shot from the left point on net, which appeared to be deflected past Devils goalie Cory Schneider.
It was Falk's first goal since Jan. 24, 2012, when he was with the Minnesota Wild, and second in 144 NHL games. The defenseman was acquired by Columbus on Monday in the trade that sent Jordan Leopold home to Minnesota.
Falk was originally credited with the goal, which was then switched to Artem Anisimov before it was switched back to Falk.
"Until you guys told me the goal was mine, I thought I didn't have it," Falk said. "[My first career goal] was on the power play too, in my first year, I think (actually third season)."
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves to win for the first time since Jan. 19. He returned Tuesday from a groin injury.
"Obviously, [Bobrovsky] is a world-class goaltender and gives us a chance every night," Dubinsky said.
Dubinsky, a forward who missed the prior three games with a concussion, scored at 2:24 of the second period to give Columbus a 2-0 lead. New Jersey forward Patrik Elias turned over the puck at his blue line to Nick Foligno, who passed to Dubinsky, who took a wrist shot from inside the right point.
"I felt good," Dubinsky said. "It was nice to get back in the lineup with these guys and obviously to get a big win here in a tough building.
"We needed to find a win. There are some [times] in the [losing] streak that we felt we deserved a little better than we got. New Jersey turned up the pressure on us in the second half of the game, which made it tough on us."
The Devils (27-28-10) are eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, having played two more games. It was New Jersey's third regulation loss in its past 12 home games (8-3-1).
"Time is not on our side," Schneider said. "We are running out of games. Every game is critical. It's tough to lose in regulation at home to a team we beat a week ago (2-0 on Feb. 28)."
Jordin Tootoo got the Devils within 2-1 at 5:54 of the second period with a power-play goal. His seventh of the season came off a feed from Adam Henrique, who from the trapezoid passed the puck through his legs into the slot, where Tootoo scored on a wrist shot.
Mark Dano gave Columbus a 3-1 lead at 9:14. His shot from outside the right point went above the glove of Schneider and into the right corner of the net for his fourth goal.
New Jersey scored at 6:36 of the third period when Peter Harrold skated by two Columbus defenders and his wrist shot from in close went over Bobrovsky's glove for his third of the season.
"Certainly that goal gave us a chance," Devils co-coach Lou Lamoriello said. "We didn't take advantage of it, but we had an opportunity [to get back into the game]."
"We have to be at the top of our game," Lamoriello said. "It wasn't because of a lack of effort, it's just we weren't winning the battles earlier in the game that we were winning in the third period. … They forced some turnovers that were costly."
Devils forward Mike Cammalleri's last-second shot went into the net but was ruled no goal because it occurred after the horn sounded to end the game.
"I was hearing the buzzer kind of while I was already shooting," Cammalleri said. "It might not have been a second [after the horn], or half a second."
Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu played in his 300th NHL game.
Columbus set a Blue Jackets record with 413 man games lost this season, breaking the mark of 411 in 2010-11.
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