Logan Couture scored the game-winner with 8:31 4 victory over the Avalanche.

Trailing 4-2 entering the third, San Jose pulled even with goals by Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski before Couture re-directed Patrick Marleau's shot over Semyon Varlamov's left shoulder for the go-ahead goal.

Antti Niemi kept the Avs off the board the rest of the way and finished with 23 saves to split the home-and-home series and snap the Sharks' three-game slide.

Paul Stastny scored twice and assisted on Daniel Winnik's tally, but Colorado fell to 0-8-1 in its last nine road games. Varlamov made 29 saves in defeat.