COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets ended their Pacific coast road trip tonight by beating the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-3.

The hometown Sharks (7-8-4-1) took an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Shawn Matthias and Derek Roy. Shortly before the break, Blue Jackets captain Olli Jokinen buried a rebound off a T.J. Oshie shot to bring his team within 1.

Derek Roy scored the lone goal of the 2nd frame when Jackets defenseman Jaroslav Spacek mistakenly passed him the puck in the slot. The goal was reminiscent of Mike Komisarek's brutal giveaway in the recent HNIC match between the NHL's Maple Leafs and Canadiens.

The third period was dominated by the away team as Olli Jokinen scored 2 goals in the span of 5 minutes to level the score. Jay McClement then tipped-in a Frans Nielsen point shot in the dying minutes of the game to give Columbus the win. The second line of Malone-Jokinen-Oshie was +3 on the night.

When asked to comment on his team's Pacific road trip, Jackets GM Eric had this to say: "Felt good to get the team back on track. During the 3-game road trip, we managed to score 17 goals while only allowing 7. That's a great boost to our confidence and hopefully we can carry the momentum until the end of November."

The Jackets left California earlier this evening aboard their private Airbus A380 and will make a quick stop in Columbus to face the Nashville Predators on Tuesday before heading to the Atlantic coast on Wednesday to visit the Islanders in Long Island. The team will then play a home-and-away against Detroit before closing out the month at Nationwide against the Predators.

- BJ Express