Columbus got on the board early, scoring on the rush to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.
The Jackets' line of Jiri Novotny, Nikolai Zherdev and Jason Chimera skated into the Oilers end. Novotny took a feed from Zherdev and wristed it on goal. It got tipped on its way to the net, eluding Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson.
Pascal Leclaire came up with a big stop midway through the period, gloving a point blast from Steve Staios.
Late in the period, Rick Nash and Dan Fritsche skated in on a rush. Nash fed the puck over to Fritsche whose wrister was gloved by Roloson, keeping it a one-goal game.
Shots on goal after one were even at 8-8.
On a Columbus power play, Duvie Westcott threw a pass over to Jason Chimera who one-timed it on net. Roloson came across to kick it out with his left pad.
On the next shift, Roloson made a blocker save on a screened shot from Rastislav Klesla to again keep Edmonton in the game.
7:23 into the second period, Ethan Moreau scored his first of the season in his second game back to tie the game at 1-1. Cogliano was tied up in front but managed to get enough on the puck to spin and fired it on goal. The rebound went straight to Moreau who put it into the open net.
Several minutes later, Columbus struck for a shorthanded goal to take the lead once again. Ron Hainsey's shot from the point was kicked straight to RIck Nash who put the puck into the open side for the goal.
Edmonton got that goal back a couple minutes after that. Steve Staios took a pass from Moreau and blasted a shot from the right point that fooled Leclaire and tied the game at 2-2.
In the final minute, Jan Hejda grabbed the puck high in his own zone and threw the puck back into the neutral zone receiving two for closing his hand on the puck.
On the ensuing power play, Nash created a turnover and broke in alone on Roloson. His low shot from the circle was turned away by the Oilers goaltender.
Shots on goal after two periods were 23-22 for the Oilers.
Rick Nash clipped Stoll with a high stick early in the third period to give Edmonton a brief two-man advantage.
At the end of that power play, Leclaire mishandled the puck behind his net giving Kyle Brodziak a good opportunity to tie the game from in front but Leclaire recovered in time to stop the puck.
Minutes later, Nash had the puck all alone at the left circle but Ladislav Smid dove across to break up the play and save a goal.
A tripping penalty to Moreau late in the third gave Columbus a power play with a chance to take the lead and they did just that.
Rick Nash swooped in to put home a rebound to the right side of Roloson to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead. He added an empty netter to clinch it.