T.J. Oshie's behind-the-back pass to David Backes for a power-play goal, which proved to be the game-winner in the Blues' 2-1 victory Sunday, was executed well enough that Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford believed it to be a set play.

But that hardly was the case.

"I told 'Osh' after we got back to the bench that I was going to the slot waiting for a rebound or something," Backes said. "But he made a great pass right on my tape and fooled everyone in the building. A good way to break our oh-fer streak on the power play and hopefully that leads to more success."

The Blues' "oh-fer" streak had reached 22 power-play chances without a goal, but the unit's contribution Sunday helped the team win its third consecutive game in what was a tight-checking matchup that had a combined 55 hits.

In Ken Hitchcock's return to Columbus, where he coached for four seasons, the Blues improved to 7-1-2 under their new boss and lifted their road record to 5-6-1.

"It definitely wasn't pretty," said Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, who made 23 saves to win his sixth consecutive game and move his record to 10-1 this season. "We got into their style of game and how they wanted to play and lulled us to sleep.