BOSTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't think it was one of his team's better efforts. He certainly was glad, though, that Boston found a way to earn the extra point.
Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug scored in the shootout to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
"I think the two points is really important this time of year when you look at the standings. It's not so much the goals we gave up, it's the way we played again," Julien said. "We need to be better. I thought our intensity was good, but not good enough.
"When you're a little bit more intense, so is the execution. The execution was average tonight. We're going through a little bit of that stretch right now."
Brad Marchand had a goal in his fourth straight game for Boston, which has won four of five overall. David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins.
Coming into the game, Boston had strangely played much better on the road than at home. The Bruins showed glimpses of that trouble again, blowing a two-goal lead.
Julien recently called his team's troubles at home versus its success on the road "not comparable and not acceptable." The Bruins are 14-5-3 away from TD Garden, but 11-12-2 at home.
Kerby Rychel and Dalton Prout scored for the Blue Jackets. Prout's was his first in 108 games, but Columbus lost its third in a row.
Bruins backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 31 saves through overtime after learning when he got to the rink that he was starting.
"Tuukka (Rask) was scheduled to play," Julien said. "He wasn't 100 percent."
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 32 shots for the Blue Jackets.
Spooner, shooting first in the tiebreaker, beat Korpisalo with a wrister to the glove side. Krug, going third for Boston, fired a rising shot inside the right post.
"I tried to go glove and kind of fanned on it a bit," Spooner said. "It still went in, which was good."
Both teams killed off power plays in OT.
Boston went down a man for 2 minutes after defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was whistled for slashing after breaking Joonas Kemppainen's stick with 5.2 seconds left in regulation.
"We had some chances. We had some pucks in front of the net. We just couldn't get a handle on it at times," said Blue Jackets assistant coach Craig Hartsburg, filling in for ailing head coach John Tortorella. "I thought our guys did a good job, and then we killed one off in overtime as well. They competed hard all night."
The Blue Jackets were called for too many men on the ice in OT, but Korpisalo made a handful of stops.
The building was about three-quarters full despite a late afternoon snowstorm that snarled traffic.
Boston squandered a two-goal lead in less than 7 minutes in the second period.
The Bruins had jumped ahead 1-0 just 32 seconds into the second when Marchand redirected Spooner's pass for his team-leading 19th goal. Pastrnak made it 2-0 just more than 3 minutes later.
The Blue Jackets then scored twice in a little more than 3 minutes, tying it when Rychel tripped a shot past Gustavsson at 10:08.
Prout had sliced it to 2-1 when his tough-angle shot slipped under Gustavsson's left pad. He fired a wrister below the right circle.
"When you're growing up and score goals as a kid, that's what everybody wants to do," Prout said. "So there's a little kid in you that always wants to score, and of course it felt good, and more importantly it got us back in the game there."
The Blue Jackets nearly grabbed the lead with 2 minutes to play in regulation, but Gustavsson stopped a pair of shots during a scramble in front of the net.
NOTES: Tortorella missed the game after he broke two ribs in a collision with RW Rene Bourque in practice Friday. "We're just trying to hold the fort until he's back and do the best we can here, and the players played hard," Hartsburg said. . Boston RW Brett Connolly was a healthy scratch. Spooner took his spot on a line with C Patrice Bergeron and LW Marchand. ... The Bruins had a video tribute for former player Gregory Campbell late in the opening period. He was a part of their 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. ... LW Nick Foligno (upper-body injury) and LW Matt Calvert (knee) were activated off IR for Columbus, but G Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) was placed on the list for the third time this season. ... Blue Jackets players had their fathers on the trip.