It never hurts starting a road trip against the league’s worst home team.

Mike Ribeiro and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and two assists as the Phoenix Coyotes began a four-game swing with a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Radim Vrbata, Shane Doan, Keith Yandle and David Moss also scored for the Coyotes, who had lost four of their previous five games.

After a 5-2 loss at home to Chicago on Saturday, “we wanted to make sure we came out and played more to our identity, especially on the road,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re starting a tough trip, we wanted to come in and play well tonight. I thought for the most part, we did a lot of good things.

“I was glad the way our guys killed the penalties in the second and then responded in the third. That’s what we needed to start the trip,” he said.

Ribeiro said that his team was confident it could get the Oilers running around in the third.

“We knew if we stayed patient in the third that they would probably try to open up and that’s what happened,” he said. “We had our chances, were able to score and we’ll take those two points, especially on this road trip.”

David Perron scored twice for the Oilers, who dropped to 3-9-0 on home ice this season.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was especially disappointed in the defense.

“The fourth goal, the fifth, the sixth, that is about as bad as I have seen three or four of our defencemen play this year and it cost us,” he said. “They are individual mistakes and things that the individual has to correct. Some of the plays tonight had nothing to do with systems. It was all about a misread, or more importantly, a no-read. Just being so focused on the puck.

“It’s tragic when you are still in the game and then you go into the third period and that happens. It tears your heart out, it tears your guts out,” he said.

Boedker scored on a power play 3½ minutes into the game, putting a rebound past goaltender Devan Dubnyk. It was just Phoenix’s second first-period goal in the last six games.

Edmonton tied it midway through the first period after Phoenix defenseman David Schlemko gave up the puck to Mark Arcobello. A drop pass by Arcobello set up Perron, who beat Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

Seven minutes into the second period, Ribeiro passed through the crease to a wide-open Vrbata, who scored his ninth of the season.

Just 58 seconds later, the Coyotes had a two-goal advantage as Ribeiro floated a shot from the point that was deflected on the way to the net by Doan.