The last time the Edmonton Oilers were in Columbus, they stole a game.

On Tuesday, they were nearly given one.

However, Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was able to stop the bleeding, entering the game in relief, which allowed his team to pull out a 4-3 shootout victory.

“I thought we played a much better game than we did in Minnesota, there was no question about a reaction being there,” said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. “The result is disappointing when you look at the story line, getting a 3-2 lead, having a 1-0 lead, two situations that we let go on goals where we had individual breakdowns and we had individual errors.

“Getting down the stretch, we knew they were going to work hard, they’re a hardworking team, they battled hard and we had our chances in the overtime.”

Getting out-played for the second time against the Blue Jackets this season, the Oilers were in the contest due to Steve Mason’s issues stopping the puck.

The Blue Jackets starting goaltender was pulled early into the second period after giving up three goals on eight shots.

Jeff Petry, Ryan Whitney and Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Oilers, while Derek MacKenzie, Vinny Prospal and Jack Johnson countered for the Blue Jackets.

Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout, while Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky missed for the Oilers.

“It seemed like every time we were getting some momentum, we took a penalty and were in the box,” said Oilers winger Jordan Eberle. “For the most part, I thought we played pretty decent. The shots didn’t reflex that, but they had four power plays and we didn’t have any until overtime.

“But I thought in the third period, we had chances to bury and so did they, and then once you get into overtime, anything can happen.”