Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Boone Jenner scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the Columbus Blue Jackets ended a six-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Matt Calvert also scored and Kerby Rychel registered his first NHL point for the Blue Jackets, whose last win was a 2-1 decision against San Jose on Nov. 15.
"The guys stepped up tonight," Columbus head coach Todd Richards said. "Obviously, this feeling of winning is much better than losing."
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 24 shots in the win.
Aaron Ekblad supplied the lone marker for the Panthers, who had their two-game win streak came to an end. Al Montoya stopped 21-of-23 shots.
"These are the games that we have to have," said Montoya. "Some nights you need to slug it out 2-1, and we weren't able to do that."
The two teams close out their home-and-home set in Florida on Thursday.
Columbus, which announced that forward Artem Anisimov will miss 2-to-3 months because of a torn triceps earlier in the day, had its recent luck reverse at 9:55 of the third period.
With the score tied at 1-1, Jenner guided the puck, which took an odd bounce off the boards, into the slot. Rychel gathered it and sent a shot on net. The shot was stopped, but Jenner was there to backhand it home.
The Panthers pulled Montoya with under a minute to play, but were unable to force overtime.
Michael Chaput tracked down the puck behind the net and dished a pass in the slot to Calvert, who dragged the puck from his forehand to his backhand and deposited the puck into a wide-open net to open the scoring with 4:53 left in the first.
Ekblad tied it with his third of the season 1:23 into the second on the power play, as he rifled a point blast past a screened Bobrovsky and into the back of the net.
Columbus won its ninth straight game against Florida ... The Panthers last defeated the Blue Jackets on Nov. 21, 2007 ... Florida went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Columbus went 0-for-2 ... Blue Jackets forward Jack Skille had a game-high five shots on net.