This time, one goal was enough for Cory Schneider.

The Devils haven’t given Schneider a lot of goal support when he’s been in net this season, so he made sure Thursday night not to give up any in a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.

Michael Ryder’s second-period goal stood up as the winner as Schneider made 26 saves to post his third shutout of the season and snap the Devils’ three-game losing streak (0-2-1). It was the 10th time in Schneider’s 20 starts this season that the Devils scored one or no goals.

“He was great,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “Again, we don’t give him a lot of run support, and he’s starting to get used to that and he’s figured it out. He just has to pitch a shutout.”

Although the Devils didn’t give Schneider a lot of offensive support, they at least did a good job of helping him out defensively by blocking 18 Stars’ shots.

“It’s nice to contribute and win,” said Schneider, who picked up just his sixth win of the season and just his second in his past eight starts.

“For me, whether it’s 5-4 or 1-0, the win is what’s important. It’s not like it was raining shots on goal. I had to be good at the moments I had to be good, but I thought as a group we earned this 1-0 victory as a team.”

It was an important victory for the Devils just to keep pace in a Metropolitan Division in which Philadelphia, Carolina and the Rangers have all picked up their play of late.
“The games you expect teams to lose, it seems like everybody’s winning now,” said DeBoer, whose team is two points out of a playoff spot. “So, we can’t afford to drop any games. We know that. We have a giant standings board in our room we look at every day. We realize the importance of every point.”