Five players combined for eight goals Tuesday night in a double-troubling game for goaltenders at Bridgestone Arena. The Avalanche's execution was poor at times, but the result was perfect. Colorado emerged victorious over Nashville 5-4 in a shootout.

The likely playoff-bound Avs (45-21-6) got skilled goals from captain Gabe Landeskog (two), Cody McLeod and Nick Holden and managed to kill off Holden's late high-sticking minor to force overtime and collect one point against the struggling Predators. A scoreless overtime led to a shootout, and Colorado got another point with goals by Ryan O'Reilly and Landeskog and Sem yon Varlamov's two saves.

"Sometimes it's nice to win a game when you're not playing well. That was the case tonight," said Avs coach Patrick Roy, whose team was coming off a disheartening 2-0 loss to Boston on Friday. "I thought we deserved better against the Bruins, and tonight it was the opposite, and we find a way to win that game. ... What I like about our group is we we're resilient."

The Avs collected their 95th and 96th points. In an 82-game NHL season, 95 points typically ensures a playoff sport, and although Colorado has yet to clinch anything, it is four points from 100 with 10 games to play. The Avs could finish with as many as 116 points.

The Predators, who entered last in the Central Division and third-worst in the Western Conference, produced 13 of the game's first 16 shots and got two goals from defenseman Roman Josi in the opening 20 minutes. Forward Matt Cullen followed with two goals, the second late in the third period that briefly gave Nashville a 4-3 lead.

"That first period, that was a pretty poor effort for us, including myself," said O'Reilly, who beat goalie Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot to tie the shootout 1-1. "Just little things, the hard work, was missing in the first, but it's a good character win coming back like that and sticking with it.