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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After consecutive shutout losses, the New York Rangers needed a lift.They got it from their sterling goaltender — and with the return of an injured teammate.Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.Lundqvist dueled with Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky most of the night, trading great saves.Despite getting only two shots on goal in the third period, the Rangers hung on.We did what we had to do, coach Alain Vigneault said. When we werent where we were supposed to be, our goaltender was.Lundqvist was pleased that his team pulled out of its offensive funk.When you get used to winning, losing is terrible, he said. You could see when we scored that first goal we relaxed a little bit, we started playing better, we had more speed.Derek Stepan, who was a game-time decision to play due to an upper-body injury, assisted on both second-period goals after missing the Rangers last game.We came out in the second period and did a lot of good things — things we had been doing earlier in the season, he said. When we execute the way we did in the second, were really a tough team to play.The Rangers finally found some offence after a scoreless drought of 146:59.Staal converted on a rebound off a shot from the left circle by Stepan at 5:59 of the period. They had not scored since Nash tallied on an empty-netter with 1 minute left in a 3-1 win at San Jose on Jan. 10.Just 4:11 later, they scored again.Stepan triggered the goal with a nifty stretch pass to Kreider, all alone behind the defence, who faked to his forehand before slipping a backhand just past Bobrovskys outstretched left toe at the post.The Blue Jackets got on the board at 3:16 of the third. Bobrovsky, who made 24 stops, made a spectacular save on a redirect, with Ryan Johansen then connecting with Hartnell on a long pass. Hartnell beat Lundqvist high on the glove side, with the goalie picking up the second assist.The Rangers, thanks to some quality saves by Lundqvist, hung on.I wouldnt say we necessarily shut them down, Vigneault said. They had a couple of good looks. I liked the way we battled tonight. We werent crisp the whole night, but we found a way.Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row while being outscored 15-7 after collecting points in 13 of 15 games.Its just frustrating were on a little bit of a skid right now, Hartnell said.Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist (7-7-14). Its the longest such streak in the NHL this season.We did some good things, Columbus coach Todd Richards said.Lundqvist was solid all night. He stymied Johansen on repeated whacks at a loose puck in the crease with just under 6 minutes left.It appeared the Rangers got a big goal late. Bobrovsky deflected a high pass by Mats Zuccarello for Klein with 1:26 left in regulation. The puck glanced off the right leg of Hartnell and bounced into the net. It was ruled a no-goal on the ice and a video review was inconclusive whether Klein had contacted the puck with a high stick.Bobrovsky stood tall as the Rangers swarmed with seven shots on their first power play, and also gloved Dominic Moores shot after Tanner Glass steal in the opening period.Lundqvist, playing can-you-top-this, stopped Cam Atkinson in close after a New York giveaway early in the game, then twice turned away Johansen, first on a wrister and then point-blank off a loose puck, in a span of a few seconds.NOTES: The Rangers played the second game of a three-game road trip; the Blue Jackets start one at Boston on Saturday. ... The NHL has announced that Fall Out Boy (first intermission), O.A.R. (second intermission) and Locksley (player introductions) will provide the musicial entertainment for the All-Star Game in Nationwide Arena on Jan. 25. ... Columbus LW Matt Calvert (illness) was also a game-time decision but played. ... 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As such, a sell-out crowd of over 18,000 will be in attendance which will include high-profile figures such as FIFA president Gianni Infantino and boxing world champion Carl Frampton.Despite the hype and excitement, McAuley will settle for simply beating a team which has never won a competitive game and failed to avoid defeat in any World Cup qualifiers over the last 15 years. Northern Ireland will play at Windsor Park for the first time since its redevelopment was completed The West Brom defender said: It is a must-win game. Id expect all the other teams in the group to beat San Marino home and away so we are going to have to do that if were going to give ourselves any chance.The Faroes was the same scenario in the last campaign; if you dont do that, then forget about. So that means there is a pressure on us. Weve got to stay patient on how we approach it.We need the crowd to stay with us and be patient, too. If it is a goal in the last minute and we win 1-0 then job done.Obviously wed like to win by more but the days of doing that in international football are probably gone. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. I wont be disappointed if we dont put on a great performance against San Marino but come out with a 1-0 win, not at all.dddddddddddd.Ive been to Luxembourg and lost. Ive been to the Faroes and drew down the years. Yes, everyone wants to entertain but the most important thing is to get three points from that game. It doesnt matter how we do it as long as we do.Previous Northern Ireland teams McAuley has been a part of have struggled against the lesser lights of international football.In the previous World Cup qualification campaign, both Luxembourg and Azerbaijan defeated Northern Ireland in their own countries.There was no such misfortune avoided in the run-up to Euro 2016, however, when Michael ONeills side claimed 10 points from fixtures with the Faroe Islands and Finland.McAuley added: Id like to think we have learned our lesson from previous campaigns over the years and how we do things. Northern Ireland took 10 points out of 12 from their qualifiers with Finland and Faroe Islands ahead of Euro 2016 If we are our own worst enemy in the game, we wont get anything from it. But if we make the right choices and do the right things then we have enough but that is down to us players on the pitch.After Luxembourg we hit a low against the team wed expect to beat. But we are in a good place now and we are making the right decisions on the pitch now.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: N Ireland latest N Ireland fixtures N Ireland stats Table Live on Sky ' ' '