If the Edmonton Oilers ever need a reminder about what key saves and timely goals can do for a team, they only have to look at their work in Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Sparked by a hat trick from Taylor Hall and backed by a solid 33-save performance from goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Oilers scored an 8-2 victory over the Avalanche at Rexall Place.

“It’s always a fun night to get a hat trick, but for us to win in the fashion we did gives us some confidence,” said Hall, who has four career hat tricks.

“Obviously, we’re not in the best spot in the standings, but you just have to come out and play your game. Some nights you’re going to get eight; some nights you’re going to get zero.”

Hall scored his first of the game just 3:44 after the opening faceoff and seconds after Dubnyk slammed the door on P.A. Parenteau, who was all alone in the slot.

The goaltender also stood his ground during a five-on-three short-handed situation that spanned 74 seconds, even taking a Parenteau shot in the mask. The Avs’ last-gasp chance with the two-man advantage was an attempt by Matt Duchene that went off Mark Arcobello’s stick.

Contrast that with the Oilers, who converted their five-on-three power play, then added another power-play marker 15 seconds later.

Edmonton had scored just two power-play goals in its previous five games. but on Thursday, the Oilers got a one-timer from Hall and a vintage deke from Ales Hemsky,

who put his sixth goal of the season past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov at 17:57 of the first period.

“When we’re not confident, we’re not playing with poise. We don’t look like the same team. Getting up 2-0 was big for us. Then it’s 3-0,” said Hall. “The best teams in the league don’t need that spark, but at times, we do.