Amid all the rumors, scrutiny and adversity, the one characteristic of Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash that has never wavered is his will to win.

Columbus might not be Nash's home after this season, but for now, while he's still in a Blue Jackets uniform, he's determined to guide this team to short-term success.

Last night's performance against the Phoenix Coyotes was one of the better examples.

Nash was the most dangerous player on the ice, scoring two goals and adding an assist on an insurance goal in the third period to help the Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory in front of 13,579 at Jobing.com Arena.

"That's what we need," center Derick Brassard said. "He's our star player. He's our best player. That's just Rick being Rick."

Nash was an offensive juggernaut, but it took a team effort to steal a victory against a Coyotes squad carrying 28 more points and sitting third in the Western Conference standings. The Blue Jackets are 2-0 against the Coyotes this season and have four straight wins against teams in a playoff spot or vying for one. The teams meet again on Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.

After a sound 2-0 win on Thursday over the Colorado Avalanche, the Blue Jackets couldn't have crafted a better opening period-and-a-half last night.