NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jesper Bratt scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, MacKenzie Blackwood made 31 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday night for their fourth win in five games.

The teams will complete the home-and-home series Saturday night in Columbus. Jack Hughes and Tomas Tatar also scored for New Jersey.

The Devils played without key forwards Yegor Sharangovich, Pavel Zacha and Andreas Johnsson because of COVID-19 protocol but were able to forge another victory as Blackwood made 17 saves in the first, seven in the second and seven more in third. Max Dimi scored for Columbus.