COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A week ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were sinking fast.
Now they are on a roll.
Brandon Dubinsky keyed a four-goal surge in the third period with a short-handed tally, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky did the rest as the Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Friday night.
"It obviously was a huge goal," Columbus coach Todd Richards said of Dubinsky's wicked wrist shot from the right dot that put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-1. "It was a huge plus for us.
"On the other end of it, on the Toronto bench, they're sitting on a 4-on-3 situation, so they're thinking they're going to tie the game. To give up a shortie, that's a tough one to recover from."
Instead, Dubinsky — the Blue Jackets' unofficial captain in the absence of a designated leader — streaked up the right wing, took a glance at teammate Mark Letestu during a 2-on-1 break, and rocketed a shot that beat goalie Jonathan Bernier.
Dubinsky, who also had an assist, was acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, 18 months ago.
"I just grabbed the puck and went," he said. "I knew (Toronto defenseman Dion) Phaneuf broke his stick, plus there's more ice in a 4-on-3 situation. I just tried to get up the ice. (Letestu) did a good job of drawing guys, and it gave me a lane to fire the puck."
Dubinsky's goal led to a wild final few minutes.
Dave Bolland scored for the Maple Leafs with 4:30 remaining to narrow the lead to a goal. Bobrovsky, last season's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, made several of his 23 saves to keep Toronto at bay.
Then the Blue Jackets' offense — which hadn't scored more than four goals in a game this season — took over.
Ryan Johansen scored an empty-netter in the final minute, and Nick Foligno, who also had an assist, added another goal in the closing seconds.
"I'm so proud of the way we came back," Foligno said of the Blue Jackets' three-game, home-winning streak after they lost four in a row. "I know the guys were not in low spirits but disappointed after that road swing. We needed to get off on the right foot here on this homestand. We seem to have done that. We seem to have gotten our confidence back."
Earlier in the period, Marian Gaborik scored his fifth goal to give the Blue Jackets the lead for good. Rookie defenseman Ryan Murray, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, had opened the scoring by notching his first career goal for the Blue Jackets.