The Philadelphia Flyers feel better about their playoff push with at least one point in nine straight games.
They know they likely can't afford to continue to lose to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flyers begin a critical four-game homestand Tuesday night as they try to avoid falling for the fourth time to the Blue Jackets.
Philadelphia (24-22-10) capped a 2-0-2 trip with Sunday's 2-1 victory over Buffalo to improve to 6-0-3 in its last nine. The Flyers are trying to catch Boston for the Eastern Conference's final wild-card spot.
"The odds are still against us because if you look at Boston, you say OK, every game that Boston wins we've got to win three games more than them. It's still tough but I like the resiliency of our group right now," general manager Ron Hextall said.
Ray Emery posted a 2.24 goals-against average on the trip as he fills in for injured former Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason. Emery made 21 saves Sunday.
''We let a couple points slide in overtime the last few games, but with the win tonight, it's a pretty good road trip for us,'' Emery said.
One game in which the Flyers let a point slip away was Friday's 4-3 overtime loss at Columbus (24-27-3) as they blew a two-goal lead in the third period. Philadelphia is 1-1-2 in the season series, with all three losses by one goal.
Former Blue Jackets first-round pick Jakub Voracek has six of his 60 points in the season series and 13 in nine games against his first NHL team. Captain Claude Giroux also has six points in the four meetings.
Columbus has been led in the season series by Nick Foligno, Ryan Johansen and James Wisniewski - who have five points apiece.
Curtis McElhinney made 22 saves Friday to improve to 4-1-0 with a 3.19 GAA in five starts against the Flyers. He's replacing injured former Philadelphia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, though winless rookie Anton Forsberg got the nod on the second half of a back-to-back in Saturday's 6-3 road loss to the New York Islanders.
The Blue Jackets were outshot 46-37 after enjoying a 33-25 edge over the Flyers.
"We did a lot of the right things on Friday, and we didn't do a lot on Saturday," coach Todd Richards told the Blue Jackets' official website.
One player the Flyers will be wary of is Brandon Dubinsky, whose teams have won 13 of the last 14 games he has played against them. Dubinsky has six points in his last four matchups after registering a goal and an assist Friday.
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds has six points in a four-game run with two goals and an assist in the last meeting.
These teams are among the NHL's best on the power play, with the Flyers at 23.5 percent and Blue Jackets at 22.1. Philadelphia is 5 for 14 in the season series and Columbus is 6 for 12.
Scott Hartnell, who spent his previous seven seasons with the Flyers before being dealt to Columbus in the offseason for R.J. Umberger, has no points in his first two games back in Philadelphia.