Nash scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give Columbus a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night, the Blue Jackets' first home victory since Dec. 2.
"We've been waiting awhile," Nash said. "I don't know if they know it or not, but the louder they (the fans) get, the more excited and motivated we get."
Nash, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 27, took a pass from Darryl Sydor at center ice, skated in alone and chipped a shot over Roman Cechmanek's shoulder with two minutes left in overtime.
"It was kind of a mess-up in the neutral zone," Nash said. "They lost the puck and I think Sydor just tipped it up there."
Nash put Columbus ahead 2-1 earlier in the period, but the Kings' Alexander Frolov tied it about a minute later.
Geoff Sanderson scored Columbus' other goal, and Josef Stumpel added a goal for the Kings, winless in their last 14 games -- three short of tying the team record set in 1970.
"If you want to get in the playoffs you have to keep accumulating (points)," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said of his team that has earned one point in four straight games. "We've been doing that but we'd rather get two points instead of one all the time."
The game was Gerrard Gallant's first at home since becoming the Blue Jackets' interim coach. Gallant, promoted when president and general manager Doug MacLean relinquished the coaching duties Jan. 1, guided the team to a 2-3-2-0 mark on a road trip.
"It was great," Gallant said of the win. "We played two solid periods and then again in the third period we laid back a bit. Fortunately, we got into overtime and had a big goal by Nash."
Sanderson opened the scoring early in the first period, beating Cechmanek on a breakaway off a pass from Scott Lachance.
"Not much was said about Gerrard's first game here, but the guys didn't want to have a letdown (after the road trip)," Sanderson said.
The Kings, winless in their last seven against Columbus, tied it with 11 seconds left in the second period on Stumpel's stuff from beside the right post.
Columbus rookie Nikolai Zherdev spun out of the left corner, beat two Los Angeles defenders and feed a pass to Nash for a one-timer at 7:22 of the third period to make 2-1. Frolov responded, redirecting Jaroslav Modry's shot from the left circle.
"They are the future of our franchise and they are two great players," Gallant said of Zherdev and Nash. "Our whole team played well tonight, they worked hard and competed."
|Geoff Sanderson (8) ASST: Scott Lachance (2), Rostislav Klesla (6)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|Jozef Stumpel (4) ASST: John Tripp (4), Scott Barney (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Rick Nash (26) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (6)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|Alex Frolov (13) ASST: Jaroslav Modry (15), Derek Armstrong (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Rick Nash (27) ASST: Darryl Sydor (11)|
3 - 2 CBJ
|Power Play %||19.4%||19.5%|
|% on Road||22.2%||21.0%|
|% at Home||17.5%||18.0%|
|Darryl Sydor Fighting (maj) against Sean Avery|
|Sean Avery Fighting (maj) against Darryl Sydor|
|Eric Belanger Hi-sticking against Mark Hartigan|
|Jaroslav Modry Tripping against Tyler Wright|
|Jozef Stumpel Hi-sticking against Geoff Sanderson|
|Todd Marchant Hooking against Ian Laperriere|
|Joe Corvo Interference against Rick Nash|
|Jason Holland Hooking against Rick Nash|
|Joe Corvo Hi-sticking against Rick Nash|