The Blackhawks felt a little bit of rest, something that’s been hard to get in this frenetic lockout-shortened season, would get them sharp again after two consecutive losses. On Thursday, they were.

Johnny Oduya tallied his first goal of the season and Patrick Kane had the shootout winner as the Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at Nationwide Arena. With the victory, the Blackhawks maintain a six-point lead atop the Western Conference.

Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 30 shots through regulation and overtime, as he and the Blackhawks’ defense had strong nights. Kane also collected the 400th point of his career with his assist on Oduya’s goal.

The Blackhawks weren’t sweating their two-game losing skid, considering the start they had. Still, they wanted to reverse a few trends, including that brief losing one.