A rare road win has given the Phoenix Coyotes a clearer path to the playoffs.

David Moss and Boyd Gordon each had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes stayed in the playoff picture with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Antoine Vermette also scored for the Coyotes, 5-1-2 in their last eight games and now in sole possession of ninth place in the Western Conference, one point back of the Detroit Red Wings.

“It’s tight in the standings and there aren’t too many games left in the season,” Vermette said. “We are well aware of the situation we are in and how important every single point is right now. It was a big win for us.”

The Coyotes improved to just 5-9-5 on the road, something captain Shane Doan says will have to look even better by the end of the month if they want to extend their season.

“We haven’t been as strong as we would like to be on the road,” he said. “We have five games left away from home and we need to answer some questions. We need to stay above .500 on the road the rest of the way.”

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 29 shots for the victory.

“He was great,” Vermette said. “He has been playing well lately and has been a big factor for our team. He stood tall at the key moments tonight to give our team the chance to win.”

Nail Yakupov responded for the Oilers, who are sliding out of contention, having lost four in a row and sitting four points below Detroit.

“It’s a very disappointing loss,” Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said. “We needed to have more offense in the first period being at home here and what was on the line. But it wasn’t that way. It’s a tough loss to swallow for all of us.”

Krueger said there is no sugar-coating just how desperate his team’s playoff plight is.