Desperate for a win after losing their last six games, the Oilers weren’t too keen on the Blue Jackets.

They quickly dropped out of a two-on-one race, were penalized for having an extra skater on the ice and soon after allowed a three-on-one chance.

Each time, their goalkeeper stood tall, thwarting every attempt that came their way, which greatly improved their fortunes. Within minutes, Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice on the power play and the Oilers were ready to run – only to return to the winning column with a 5-2 score.

“It was nice to make a few saves right away,” said Stuart Skinner, the goaltender himself. “It gave us a bit of momentum – then the forwards and then D took over from there.”

“I was like, ‘Wow, Skins is keeping us in the game here,’” center Derek Ryan said. “He was the one playing well.”

That’s the kind of goalie Skinner has mostly given the Oilers since he was called in to replace injured Mike Smith after Game 3 of the season.

After blocking 36 of 38 shots against Columbus on Thursday, Skinner increased his save percentage to .922 in nine appearances. According to Natural Stat Trick, he has registered 2.83 above-average goals in all situations, which places him 25th out of 89 goaltenders this season.