Jussi Jokinen scored on a deflection with 8:05 left to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the San Jose Sharks, 3-2 on Friday night.
Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk scored 3:03 apart in the first period for the Hurricanes, who let a two-goal lead slip away before regrouping to beat the Pacific Division leaders.
A solid dump-in by Jaroslav Spacek started the sequence that led to Jokinen's winner. Drayson Bowman cycled the puck out to Jamie McBain at the blue-line, and McBain unloaded a blast that Jokinen tipped past Greiss.
"Usually, we practice it, it's five against zero," Jokinen said, smiling. "This time it was five other guys to try to defend that play. It's a tough play, but we were able to get it done and get a big two points."
The Southeast Division's last-place team won its second straight, earned points in its sixth consecutive game and improved to 10-3-1 in its last 14 at home.
Justin Peters made 35 saves in his first start since Jan. 7 and third of the season.
His victory came in a battle of the backups against Thomas Greiss. The Sharks netminder stopped 22 shots in place of Antii Niemi, who had been publicly criticized by coach Todd McLellan for his effort Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Dan Boyle and Brent Burns scored in a 2:26 span of the third for the Sharks, who fell to 1-2-1 midway through their nine-game road swing and have lost five of seven overall.
"I thought we lacked a lot of energy and jump and determination in the first two periods," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We didn't win a lot of races to pucks. We didn't establish body position around them. They were bigger and stronger than we were, quite frankly, and all of a sudden in the third period, we found it. ... That desperation has to be there earlier."
Dominic Moore made his debut with San Jose, his ninth NHL club, one day after getting traded by the Lightning.
The centre had four shots on net and went 6-of-13 in the face-off circle.
The Sharks trailed 2-0 after two periods but tied it fewer than 4 minutes into the third after they received goals from a pair of defencemen.
Boyle struck 1:26 into the third when he snapped the puck past Peters from the back edge of the circles. Burns made it 2-2 with 16:08 to play when he took a feed from Dominic Moore and beat the Carolina backup.
Peters stopped the last 13 shots he faced, including a sprawling save - with some help from defenceman Bryan Allen - on Patrick Marleau's point-blank attempt with about 1:20 left.
The Sharks didn't arrive until late Friday morning because foggy conditions in Raleigh on Thursday night kept their flight grounded in Florida, and they fell behind early after allowing a pair of goals.
Skinner put the Hurricanes up 1-0 with 12:29 left in the first with a fluky goal. His shot along the end line clipped the back of Greiss' skate and went in for the reigning rookie of the year's 16th goal and fourth in 12 games since since returning from a concussion.
Then Faulk made it a two-goal game just over three minutes later on the power play. The rookie defenceman took a pretty backdoor feed from Jiri Tlusty and buried it into an open net.