The Columbus Blue Jackets felt they played one of their best games in a long time.

But the Bruins, somehow, played just a little bit better.

Actually, there was no great secret why the B's scratched out a 3-2 shootout decision over the Blue Jackets, a win secured when rookie Tyler Seguin netted the only score of the tiebreaker. This sorely needed victory, which snapped an 0-2-2 winless streak, was pure thievery by Tuukka Rask.

Rask (34 saves) absolutely stoned the Blue Jackets, especially in the third period and overtime, when he made a slew of game-saving stops. He then blocked all three attempts in the shootout, giving the B's just their second SO win of the season, to go with five setbacks.

"That's the right term, 'stoned them,'?" coach Claude Julien said. "On the bench, we were pretty excited about some of the saves he made. Without a doubt, (that was) probably one of his biggest and best games this year."

The first of the two goals in regulation went to David Krejci (No. 11), a seat-of-the-pants deflection of a Zdeno Chara bomb at 12:20 of the second period. Then, after the home team had claimed a 2-1 lead at 12:19 of the third on a Scottie Upshall goal, Rich Peverley (16) made a terrific shorthanded steal and rush, cut in on net and jammed a forehander past goalie Steve Mason to knot the score again at 14:24.

This wasn't the sort of production by the sputtering B's attack (13 goals in the last seven games) that figured to be sufficient, especially with Columbus enjoying six power plays for a combined 10:05. The Bruins, in contrast, enjoyed one power play, which lasted for all of five seconds.

Facing power-play numbers that one-sided, not many teams would have found a way to win.