It felt like the good old times for the Predators on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.

One year after they lost the season series to Columbus for just the second time in franchise history, the Predators once again turned the Blue Jackets into their punching bag in a 4-0 win.

The victory was both thorough and dominating. Nashville (13-10-2) outshot the powerless Blue Jackets 29-19. After two periods the Predators had a 25-12 shots edge and carried most of the play in the Columbus zone.

Nashville improved to 51-17-7 against its former Central Division rival.

“I think we play a similar style of game,” forward Colin Wilson said. “I think our lineups can be similar, I think we play a very hard game and get to the net and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

Nashville has won five of its last six games — its best streak of the season. After a four-game losing streak on the road, it now has three consecutive road wins. The Predators also stayed close to the important eighth slot in the Western Conference.

“I thought guys were pretty committed,” coach Barry Trotz said. “We know we have some ground to make up here.”

Nashville once again did it with a balanced attack. Overall, eight different players picked up points, and there were no multiple goal scorers. Gabriel Bourque, Matt Cullen, Nick Spaling and Ryan Ellis each had two points.

Cullen got Nashville out to an early lead when he collected a feed from Ellis and blasted it past Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 1-0 with 10:02 left in the first.

Nashville kept it up in the second period with a rebound score from forward Mike Fisher just 57 seconds into the frame. David Legwand did the same off a scrum in front of Bobrovsky with 11:04 left in the second as the Predators went up 3-0.