Devils goalie Martin Brodeur didn't see referee Wes McCauley wave off the goal scored by the Atlanta Thrashers with 37.4 seconds remaining Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

But Brodeur figured it had to be a high stick from Evander Kane after Bryan Little's initial shot.

"I was looking at the puck. I didn't really pay attention how high the stick was," Brodeur said. "I know he (Little) was definitely going to miss the net high. No doubt about that. Where he (Kane) touched the puck, I don't know. We'll definitely take the call."

That call helped seal a 4-2 victory over Atlanta, moving the Devils from 12th to 10th place in the Eastern Conference race. With Buffalo's 1-0 loss to Carolina, the Devils trail the eighth-place Sabres by six points and the seventh-place Rangers by eight.

The Devils, 33-32-4, were 27 points out of a playoff spot after Jan. 8.

"It's good. We're moving up," coach Jacques Lemaire said. "You can't be disappointed with that."

This is how you know the Devils are confident they can keep winning: They didn't even consider themselves lucky at the disallowed goal call.

"The referee saw it," Lemaire pointed out. "It's obvious it was a high stick there on that goal. Everyone will agree with that."