Artem Anisimov’s arms are so long that he could drive a car from the back seat.

Last night, they played a huge role in a huge road win for the Blue Jackets, 3-2 in overtime over the Carolina Hurricanes before 16,714 at PNC Arena.

Anisimov, who tied the score at 2 in the third period with his 20th goal, made a strong and yet delicate play to set up Ryan Johansen’s winning goal at 2:40 of overtime.

“It was all Arty,” Johansen said of his third winning goal. “He did all the work to get the puck. All I had to do was put it on net and hope for the best.”

Johansen’s goal was the Blue Jackets’ first lead of the game, and it gave them 18 road wins this season, a franchise record. It also was Johansen’s 30th goal of the season, making him only the third Jackets player to reach that level. Rick Nash (seven times) and Geoff Sanderson (twice) are the others.

Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets, his second goal in as many nights, and backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney had 25 saves for his 10th win.

But most important, the win allowed the Blue Jackets to strengthen their hold on a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Blue Jackets held firm in seventh place, a tiebreaker ahead of eighth-place Detroit. Washington and Toronto, which both lost, fell two points behind the Blue Jackets and Red Wings.

“A credit to the guys,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “Under tough circumstances, coming in here after playing an emotional game (Friday against Pittsburgh), the guys really put it on the line. A lot of what they created was self-inflicted by us, in terms of some turnovers and some of the play in our own zone. But the want and the will and the compete was there tonight.”

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on Jeff Skinner’s goal at 16:29 of the second period, a goal fueled by two turnovers in the Blue Jackets’ end. But 2:17 later, Calvert jumped on a Skinner turnover in the Hurricanes’ zone and beat Anton Khudobin with a wrist shot to make it 1-1.

When the Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead at 6:38 of the third, the Blue Jackets came right back 50 seconds later to tie it. Anisimov gathered a soft rebound in front of Khudobin, spun around to his backhand side and — with that long reach — scored on a tough angle between Khudobin’s right pad and the post.

But Anisimov’s most impressive play was saved for overtime. With the Blue Jackets on a 4-on-3 power play — their first of the game — Anisimov gained the zone along the left wall, absorbed a hit by Carolina’s Andrej Sekera and used his reach to make a perfect pass across the high slot to Johansen.