(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche were the class of the Western Conference for a long time and aren't ready to simply let that slip away.
The Avalanche have busted out of a four-game losing streak with back-to-back wins. Both of the victories came on the road to start a three-game swing.
Colorado's latest triumph came Saturday evening in St. Paul as Joe Sakic's first career shootout goal lifted the team to a 2-1 victory over the Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
Sakic also tallied a goal in regulation and Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots and two of three shooters for the Avalanche, who won 3-0 at Columbus on Friday. Budaj was also the goaltender in the game against the Blue Jackets.
"A game like last night gives you a lot of confidence," Budaj said after Saturday's game. "I hadn't played in four games in a row. A shutout is always nice, but the important thing is we came out of the slump. We've got two wins in a row right now."