SAN JOSE -- Patrick Rissmiller scored two goals for the first time in his career, and the San Jose Sharks snapped their five-game home winless skid with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Steve Bernier also scored and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves in his 41st start of the season for San Jose, which inexplicably hadn't won at the Shark Tank since Dec. 13.
The Sharks have an NHL-low seven home wins midway through the regular season, yet they've remained among the league's elite teams with the best road record in hockey.
Sergei Fedorov and Andrew Murray scored third-period goals for the Blue Jackets, who lost in two of their three California stops on a four-game road trip that concludes Tuesday in St. Louis.
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Pascal Leclaire made 13 saves, but was yanked before the third period in favor of Fredrik Norrena.
Despite yielding two late goals in a typically shaky home performance, the Sharks took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with 52 points, third-most in the league behind Detroit and Ottawa.
San Jose improved to 12-0-1 in franchise history at home against Columbus.
Rissmiller, an undrafted 29-year-old who finally earned a regular NHL job last season as a dependable defensive player, had played 138 games over four seasons with San Jose before his first two-goal game.
After a scoreless first period, Rissmiller screened Leclaire and simultaneously deflected Matt Carle's shot backward for his first goal in 10 games. The hardworking forward didn't even get to celebrate his third goal of the season, as the scorers credited it to Carle until the second intermission.
San Jose struck again 2 minutes later when Columbus defenseman Jan Hejda couldn't corral a dumped-in puck at his feet. Bernier stole it and immediately fired a wrist shot that beat Leclaire for his 11th goal, his third in four games.
Joe Pavelski created Rissmiller's second goal, stealing the puck behind the Columbus net and outmaneuvering three Blue Jackets to feed Rissmiller in the slot.
But Murray ended Nabokov's shutout bid with 11:34 to play when he circled the net and fired a low shot that somehow got between the goalie's pad and the post.
Murray, who made his NHL debut Dec. 27, got his second goal in five games.
Fedorov scored on a power play two minutes later, and the Shark Tank groaned in anticipation of another San Jose home collapse that never occurred.
NOTES -- The Blue Jackets haven't been four games above .500 since Nov. 8. ... Both clubs are tied with Montreal and Anaheim for the most shutout losses this season (5). ...
Sharks defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was a healthy scratch for the third straight game, with Doug Murray playing in his place. Columbus enforcer Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game.