The Blue Jackets' top line was flying tonight in Raleigh N.C. It won't surprise you that center Brandon Dubinsky and right wing Marian Gaborik were part of the magic. They're NHL veterans with a track record for success.

What may surprise you -- pleasantly if you're a Blue Jackets fan or coach -- is that the third wheel on the line was Boone Jenner who is in a fight to make the final roster either at center or left wing.

Jenner played left wing for the first time tonight. And he looked very good.

"It was a very good line a good mix" Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I thought Dubi was really going hard tonight really had a lot of jump. Gaborik has that ability to hurt you if you give him space and he got into open space a few times. And Boone worked so hard. He really brought a good element to the mix."

Oh yeah. The score. (Hey it's the preseason.) The Blue Jackets fell behind 4-2 and were being outshot 22-7 at one point in the second period but came back to beat the Hurricanes 5-4 in SomeHugeBankConglomerate Arena.

Now the real eye-poppers: Gaborik had his first two goals of the preseason. Dubinsky had three assists 10 shots on goal a game-high four hits and was 10 of 19 in the faceoff circle. Jenner had a goal and an assist.

Much has been made about the Blue Jackets' search for a left wing to play with center Artem Anisimov and Gaborik. But Richards made it clear earlier this week that nobody - not even Anisimov - has hammered down the spot next to Gaborik. Dubinsky who was the No. 2 line center last season made a strong case for it.

Jenner's in a fight for the last roster spot among forwards. Richards agreed that versatility will be important. Jenner played very well at center on Tuesday vs. Buffalo. Last night he looked comfortable on the wing.

“That guy works his (butt) off” Dubinsky said. “He’s smart. As time goes on he’s just going to get better. He chips pucks and chases ‘em down. He hits guys. He plays hard every shift. It’s a blast to watch him out there.”