The Bruins may still be lacking the killer instinct, but at least for this night they found a way to get the two points.

The B’s took a 3-1 lead into the third period and, though they could have made their lives a little easier on a couple of power plays with which they did nothing early in the period, they finally salted away the game when Tyler Seguin scored his second goal into an empty net with 14.6 seconds left.

That gave the B’s a 4-2 victory over the much improved Toronto Maple Leafs at the Garden.

“We’re certainly not perfect right now and we’re certainly not firing on all cylinders. Right now, we’re laboring through it,” said B’s coach Claude Julien. “But the work ethic was there tonight.”

Things got interesting when the Leafs cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-2 with 5:08 left in the third. Mikhail Grabovski possessed the puck on the left side and fired a shot that Jay McClement redirected past Anton Khudobin, who made 25 saves and played very well in nailing down the win.

But unlike Sunday against Montreal or Tuesday in Washington, the B’s did not let this one slip through their fingers. They were pretty solid defensively the rest of the game and when Patrice Bergeron (goal, assist) sprung Seguin (2-1-3) for the empty netter, they could finally breathe easily.