ST. LOUIS — After scoring just one goal in four of their previous five home games, the St. Louis Blues doubled that total Saturday and then made the extra goal stand up against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
David Backes set up David Perron in the slot for the game-winner 9 minutes, 51 seconds into the third period for a 2-1 victory that ended the Blues' five-game losing streak at home.
Backes made Perron's goal possible by blowing right through a hip-check attempt by Columbus' Tim Erixon along the right boards.
Backes fired a laser pass onto the stick of Perron in the slot and Perron beat Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with a quick shot for his sixth goal this season before a standing-room-only crowd of 19,457 at Scottrade Center.
"He made a great play to get it to me as I was driving the net and created the space from behind," said Perron, whose emotional celebration seemed to mirror that of an entire team looking for a way to end the slide at home. "I kind of fanned on it a little bit, but it seems like when you're in good spots, shots like that find (their) way in."
Perron has five goals and 11 points in his last 10 games against Columbus.
It was the Blues' first win on home ice since a 5-4 overtime victory Jan. 27 against the Minnesota Wild.
Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak helped preserve the win when he somehow got his glove on a deflected puck. Halak was bending over backwards while down on the ice during a late Columbus power play, trying to glove the puck in the air with around 24 seconds remaining.
He still managed to deflect it out of harm's way for one of his 19 saves.
"I was on the ice and I saw the puck in the air," said Halak, now 16-1-1 in his last 18 starts at Scottrade Center. "I saw it coming in so I just tried to reach for it with my glove. I got fortunate and I stopped it; it almost got in. I got fortunate at the end, but I'll take it."
The power play --which became 6-on-4 after Columbus pulled its goalie with one minute left -- came after a controversial boarding call on Blues defenseman Barret Jackman with 1:53 remaining.
Jackman seemed to let up a bit instead of pounding Columbus' Cam Atkinson from behind into the boards while Atkinson was going down.
"He was going down, I didn't finish the check fully," Jackman said. "The ref sees one thing and I think I did another. The boys pulled together and got a huge kill and we won the game."
The Blues (10-6-2) had 23 blocked shots, including four by Kris Russell.
They had scored one goal in four of their previous five home games, and been outscored 23-9 during the 0-4-1 home skid counting Anaheim's 6-5 shootout win Feb. 9.
Chris Stewart put the Blues on top with a blast from just outside the top of the right faceoff circle at 13:55 of the first period. Stewart has three goals and nine points in his last eight games.
A key to the goal was defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk leading the charge up the ice. He picked up an assist on the play, giving him 14 assists in 18 games this season.
Did Shattenkirk get a look at the goal?
"I think I felt it go by my face as it went in," he joked. "I heard him calling for it and that's where our forwards shine; put it on their stick and they're probably going to do something with it."
It also was the first goal in nearly 112 minutes by the Blues, who were blanked in Colorado on Wednesday. Their last goal was scored by Patrik Berglund against San Jose on Feb. 19.
The Blues' defense tightened up after a slow start and Columbus (5-11-2) didn't register its first shot on goal in the second period until there was 9:03 remaining.
A hit from behind by Blues defenseman Roman Polak on Columbus' Derek Dorsett sparked a mini-brawl during the second period.
Polak was penalized for boarding while Stewart and Columbus forward R.J. Umberger each picked up two minutes for roughing.
After hitting two goalposts on shots earlier in the game, James Wisniewski helped the Blue Jackets tie it with a minute and 3 seconds remaining in the second period.
With Columbus killing off a penalty, Wisniewski's pass sent Matt Calvert in alone on a short-handed breakaway and Calvert managed to elude the sliding Shattenkirk and get the puck past Halak.
It was only the third shot of the period by Columbus, outshot 13-3 by the Blues in the second period.
The Blues won 4-1 over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Jan. 31.
Jackman reaches milestone
Already this season, Jackman has passed Chris Pronger, Larry Patey, Al MacInnis, Barclay Plager and Bob Plager on the Blues' all-time list of games played.
Jackman played in his 616th game Saturday, making him the all-time leader among Blues' defensemen. Next up on the overall list is center Garry Unger, who played in 662 games.
The milestone was mentioned by public address announcer Tom Calhoun midway through the first period and Jackman got a nice ovation.
Jackman also ranks seventh on the Blues' all-time list of penalty minutes with 856, just 10 behind Bob Gassoff.