COLUMBUS -- The Buffalo Sabres solved the riddle that had been Sergei Bobrovsky. They got to the goaltender who had shut out three straight teams and tagged him for three goals.
But with 5:07 left in the third, Boone Jenner picked up a loose puck off a faceoff in the Sabres zone and made a move around a sprawling Robin Lehner to break a tie and give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win in Nationwide Arena.
It was the fourth straight home win for the Blue Jackets. It was the third straight loss for the Sabres, who have one win in their last nine games.
Fourth line goes to work: Before the game, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella noted the Sabres had plenty of good goal scorers in its lineup. He wasn't referring to Evan Rodrigues. But the forward used his speed to create a turnover and work a give-and-go with Nicolas Deslauriers to open the scoring at 2:50 of the first period. It was the third goal of the season for Rodrigues and first point of the season for Deslauriers, who was playing his 35th game of the season.
End of a streak: The goal ended a shutout streak for Bobrovsky, who had gone three straight games without allowing a goal. The last goal he gave up was an overtime game-winner at Montreal Feb. 28.
Tying it up off the faceoff: The Blue Jackets tied the game, 1-1, at 6:09 when Ryan O'Reilly lost the faceoff to Brandon Dubinsky in the Sabres zone. Dubinsky drew the puck back to David Savard, who got a nice wrister through Justin Falk and past Robin Lehner.
Power play goal 1: With Tyler Ennis in the box for a delay of game penalty, the Blue Jackets had some slick passing and puck movement on their power play. Lehner twice stymied attempts on the doorstep, one by Cam Atkinson and one by Nick Foligno, but Foligno deflected the puck past Lehner for his 11th power play goal of the season, 23rd overall.
Getting goals with the screen: The line of Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Matt Moulson had a good shift, moving the puck quickly. Eichel set a screen in front of Bobrovsky that allowed a shot by Josh Gorges from the point to get through. The goal tied the game, 2-2, at 4:56 of the second.
Power play goal 2: The Blue Jackets cashed in on their second power play of the game. With just four seconds left in Justin Falk's cross-checking penalty, Brandon Saad provided the screen for Sam Gagner's shot from the right faceoff dot.
About that Blue Jackets' power play: Columbus had been in a 3-for-39 funk on the power play since Jan. 22. They went 2 for 3 against the Sabres.
Another blue line goal: Rasmus Ristolainen scored early in the third period, his shot from inside the blue line hitting Bobrovsky in the pads, then trickling over the goal line. It was the first goal for Ristolainen since Feb. 9.
An Ohio state of mind: Sabres defenseman Justin Falk was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets for two seasons, playing in 29 games from 2014-16 with one goal and five assists. Falk made his mark up the road from Columbus in Cleveland, playing 32 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, who won the Calder Cup in 2016.
Scratches: The Sabres scratched Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov. Okposo missed his fourth game with a rib injury while it was the third game missed for Kulikov with an upper body injury.
The Blue Jackets scratched defensemen Ryan Murray and Scott Harrington and forward Josh Anderson.
Attendance: There were 17,530 in Nationwide Arena Friday night.
Up next: It's the 14th set of back-to-backs for the Sabres who meet the Blue Jackets again Saturday, this time at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. It will be the first ever home-and-home series between the two franchises.
After that, the Sabres head out West to play at San Jose (March 14), at Los Angeles (March 16) and at Anaheim (March 17).