COLUMBUS - The Columbus Blue Jackets refuse to play down to their place in the standings.
Trailing by two goals in the third period against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, Brandon Saad and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets to tie the game before winning 4-3 in a shootout at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.
Columbus (22-28-6) is in last place in the Metropolitan Division and 27th in the League in points, but 3-0-1 in its past four games.
"We played a great game tonight and I thought we deserved the two points," Dubinsky said. "We kept coming. That's why I liked our game tonight. We didn't get frustrated. We didn't get down."
Video: ANA@CBJ: Wennberg scores decisive goal in shootout
Anaheim (26-19-8) appeared to be cruising to their eighth win in nine games when Ryan Garbutt scored at 1:03 of the third to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead, but allowed two third-period goals. The Ducks have lost two of three (1-1-1) after previously winning six straight games.
"It might have been a different outcome because of mentality, but tonight we were all guys on deck and we were doing the right things," Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. "It was just a matter of time before the dam broke. It was nice to see everyone jump on board."
Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg scored in the first two shootout rounds for Columbus and rookie Joonas Korpisalo stopped Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry.
Korpisalo, who made 24 saves, is 3-2 in shootouts this season.
Video: ANA@CBJ: Dubinsky ties it in the 3rd with PPG
David Perron had a goal and two assists, Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Mike Santorelli and Garbutt scored for Anaheim. Frederik Andersen made 31 saves and had his six-game winning streak ended.
"We took another step back again from a really good game," Andersen said. "We got one point. I don't know if we deserved that today the way we played. Nothing against them, we should be able to beat them if we play our best."
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't use the Ducks' third game in four days as an excuse for the loss. Instead he pointed to a poor first period despite leading 1-0.
"We didn't respect (Columbus) enough at the start of the game," Boudreau said. "[Andersen] was on top of his game [in] the first period or it would have been 3-1 in their favor. He got us the point."
Video: ANA@CBJ: Perron tips in goal in the 1st period
Perron gave the Ducks 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the first period with his eighth goal this season. It was his fourth goal in his past 10 games.
A quiet game erupted in the final moments of the second period with two goals 7.4 seconds apart.
Santorelli gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead with 11.7 seconds left when he converted a cross-ice pass from Getzlaf to the left circle with a one-timer for his seventh this season. Getzlaf has two goals and 10 assists in the past nine games.
The Blue Jackets responded with 4.3 left. Anaheim won the faceoff, but Foligno forced a turnover in the Anaheim zone and played give-and-go with William Karlsson before feeding the former Anaheim center for his third goal in three games and seventh this season.
Video: ANA@CBJ: Garbutt's shot splits defenders, hits net
"I actually told [Foligno] as he skated by, I don't know if (Anaheim) heard it, 'Go forward,' " Karlsson said. "I kind of lost the draw clean to [Getzlaf] there but somehow we managed to get it. Nick made a great play."
Garbutt's score to make it 3-1 early in the third was his fifth goal this season. Garbutt has four points (three goals, one assist) in eight games since being traded by the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 21.
"We played well in the third but gave up the penalty kill," Garbutt said. "We got a point on the road. You've got to take the positives out of it and move on to the next one."
Columbus rallied and pulled to within 3-2 at 6:04. Saad scored his 20th this season when he put in a rebound off a Wennberg shot. Saad is three goals shy of tying his career-high he set last season with Chicago.
Video: ANA@CBJ: Saad swoops in for snap-shot goal
Dubinsky scored on the Blue Jackets' third power play at 14:57 to make it 3-3 against the NHL's top penalty kill. He has scored in two straight games and has 13 goals this season.
"There was sense of urgency," Dubinsky said. "We know they have the best kill in the League coming in. They gave us fits the first two with their pressure.
"I got a little lucky. I double-clutched it. The puck came back to me and I was able to slide it in. When you're working hard you get some bounces."
Video: Wennberg, Korpisalo key shootout win