Forward Martin Erat has a pretty simple reason for why he has been able to bury most of his scoring chances the past two games.

"That's what we get paid for," Erat said with an aw-shucks demeanor.

The Predators forward was again a catalyst for Nashville, with two goals in a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in front of an announced crowd of 16,135 at Bridgestone Arenaon Thursday.

The Predators (10-5-3) have picked up points in 10 of their past 12 games. Nashville has five points in three games on this homestand. In Nashville's last two games — both victories — Erat has four points.

"He's a determined player. He cares, he doesn't take games off," Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said. "He's one of those players who is around the puck, or is chasing it down or going to get it. That's his game. He doesn't play a real easy game. He plays a workman game with a good skill set."

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne made 38 saves. Ben Scrivens made 18 saves for Toronto.

Erat notched the backbreaking goal with 17:55 left in the third period on a 2-on-1 feed from Mike Fisher to make the score 3-1. Erat also scored the first goal of the game, firing a shot past Scrivens just 5:48 into the game.

The line of Erat, Fisher and Sergei Kostitsyn combined for seven points. Kostitsyn notched three assists.