Goaltending was believed to be the most decisive factor after the Olympic break in determining whether or not the Coyotes would be playoff-bound.

But goalie Mike Smith hasn’t disappointed, and yet the Coyotes have still found themselves struggling to piece together the type of win streak that might separate them from the clump of teams battling for the final wild-card spot in the West.

So, it seems it’ll take more than rock-solid netminding to stay afloat — timely bursts of offense and sound defending in critical moments are valuable, too.

And the marriage of all three sure is successful because all led to a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday at BT&T Center, which capped off a sweep in the state in consecutive nights.

“Where we are in the standings and the desperation we should be playing with, your goaltender has to take a big part of that but it’s great to see everybody else chip in,” coach Dave Tippett said.

The leading accessory to Smith’s 31-save performance was winger Radim Vrbata, who was involved in all three goals. He scored the last one, which turned out to be a much-needed insurance goal, and registered assists on the first two.

“We have to learn from the game before, the Washington game and the St. Louis game at home, it’s not over until it’s over,” Vrbata said. “I think it’s a good sign that we got the third goal.”

Considering the Coyotes played the night before, eventually pulling out a shootout win in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, it was almost surprising to see them establish a strong forecheck early in the game and rack up 14 shots after one period. But that was vital to grabbing a lead.

Center Mike Ribeiro redirected a point shot from defenseman Keith Yandle at 17:43 of the first on the power play to make it 1-0. That lead grew at 9:43 of the second on a point shot from defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Vrbata made it 3-0 at 5:52 of the third.