At the end of a 4-1 win last night, after left wing Nick Foligno gave his customary bearhug to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets players took a twirl at center ice with their sticks lifted, an appreciative nod to a throaty crowd of 16,762 in Nationwide Arena that had just witnessed a rarity.

The Blue Jackets didn’t think they played very well. For long stretches, the Florida Panthers had them in retreat mode, unable to breathe in their own zone and reaching with their sticks instead of moving with their legs.

Yet the Blue Jackets earned two points in the standings without earning style points.

Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner, Nick Foligno and Mark Letestu all scored goals, and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had 35 saves, 28 of them in the final two periods.

“Our skilled guys made some plays, and Bob was huge for us,” Johansen said. “It was a greasy home win, I guess you’d say. But we’ll take it.”

The win allowed the Blue Jackets to regain third place in the Metropolitan Division before leaving this morning for a three-game trip through California.

After that comes a three-week break for the Olympics.

“We talked about these two games being huge,” including Thursday’s 5-2 win over Washington, said right wing Nathan Horton, who had two assists against his former club. “We wanted to leave on a good note.

“We’ve played better games, for sure. And we’re going to play better games. But we found a way to win. In the NHL, that’s a big deal.”

The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead late in the first period. It was Johansen’s line, with Jenner flanking him on the left and Horton on the right, that did the damage.

Johansen did the work on the first goal at 15:33, carrying the puck wide of Florida goaltender Tim Thomas and sweeping it behind him to Jenner in the crease for a slam dunk.

The roles were reversed only 21/2 minutes later.

Jenner carried the puck wide toward the left circle, then spun and fired the puck off his backhand to a waiting Johansen, who tapped it home at 18:02.

The Panthers’ season has been a lost cause since a 7-16-3 start, but they played with great pride last night.

They owned the second period, pulling to 2-1 on Brad Boyes’ goal at 7:41. At one point, they outshot the Jackets 10-1 in the period.

“It was a nightmare that kept getting worse and worse,” Blue Jackets fourth-liner Corey Tropp said.

Foligno’s goal with 2:14 left in the second made it 3-1.

The Panthers came out flying in the third, too, but Letestu’s goal at 9:28 made it 4-1.

“We took advantage of our chances,” Tropp said. “If they’d gotten a bounce earlier in the game, we might be talking about a different game.”

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was not pleased. He spoke with the team in the dressing room afterward.

But it’s easier to rectify standings points than style points.