The Bruins lost out on two points they felt they should have had in a loss to Toronto at home earlier this week, and needed to find a way to make up those squandered points on the road.

The Black and Gold did just that Thursday night by getting better as the game progressed in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on the strength of goals from David Krejci and Brad Marchand.

The victory, combined with an extra-session loss for the Tampa Bay Lightning, once again gives the Bruins sole ownership of first place in the Atlantic Division.

Marchand’s goal was purse hustle from that line. A relentless forecheck led to Patrice Bergeron beating Erik Cole on a puck battle behind the Dallas net, and the puck bounced to Marchand heading toward the net.

Marchand managed to squirt the puck through Kari Lehtonen’s pads for his 12th goal of the season.

The Stars had evened things up in the third period on an Erik Cole power play goal, where he was strictly in the right place at the right time. Tyler Seguin had snapped a shot at the net from the outside of the left circle, and the puck bounced off Cole’s stick with his back turned while getting up after Zdeno Chara had driven him to the ice.

The score with four seconds left in the second period ended a six-game goal-scoring drought for the B’s creative center, and helped saddle the Stars with their seventh loss in their past eight games. The Bruins scoring play started with an aggressive, confident rush into the offensive zone by Matt Bartkowski.

Eventually Milan Lucic won a puck battle against Rich Peverley in the corner, and fed to a waiting Krejci in the slot for the top shelf one-timer. Lucic finished off the scoring with a power play goal in the closing minutes of the third that served as his first goal in the last 10 games. Patrice Bergeron added the empty net score to cinch things.