COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist and the Dallas Stars hung on for their fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the winless Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Steve Ott and Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars who seemed in complete control until Kris Russell pulled Columbus within one with just under three minutes remaining.
Vinny Prospal nearly tied it in the final seconds, redirecting the puck slowly past the goal post with goalie Kari Lehtonen, who finished with 38 saves, leaning the other way.
Supposedly in rebuilding mode with the NHL's lowest payroll, the Stars, behind Lehtonen, who earned his league-best fifth win, have won five of six to start the season.
Derick Brassard scored on the power play for Columbus, which has stumbled to the worst start in franchise history at 0-5-1 and is the only team in the Western Conference without a win. The Blue Jackets have one regulation victory in their last 28 games dating to last season.
To compound matters for Columbus, both of their marquee free-agent signings are on the shelf. Defenseman James Wisniewski has two games left in an eight-game suspension and center Jeff Carter was placed on injured reserved Tuesday for at least a week with a broken bone in his foot.
Dallas nearly scored 25 seconds into the game when the puck caromed off R.J. Umberger then hit the right post behind Steve Mason, who finished with 15 saves.
About four minutes later, Columbus defenseman Aaron Johnson thought he scored with a slapshot from between the high circles but it was ruled teammate Derek Dorsett was in the crease and the goal was disallowed.
Ott opened the scoring at 4:17 of the second period to extend his points streak to five games. After winning the faceoff in his own zone, Ott raced to the other end and fired a shot from the right circle past Mason's glove hand.
Trailing 2-0 in the third and with a man advantage, Brassard scored on the rebound from a shot by Rick Nash at 5:06 for his first point of the season.
But on the next shift after the goal, Loui Eriksson whistled a shot off the post before Ryder redirected Sheldon Souray's shot from the point on Dallas' next scoring chance to make it 3-1 at 6:27.
Russell scooped a loose puck off the boards, skated in and beat Lehtonen from the high slot at 17:05.
NOTES: A string of goalie injuries within the organization forced the Blue Jackets to add Mathieu Corbeil, a 2010 draft pick and fifth on the depth chart, as an emergency recall from the Saint John Sea Dogs (a Canadian junior team) to the gameday roster. ... The Stars, playing the first game of a four-game road trip, improved to 13-4-3 in Nationwide Arena. ... The teams played Saturday in Dallas with the Stars winning 4-2.