The scoreboard might have looked similar at night’s end, but there was little resemblance between the Blues’ 1-0 shutout Tuesday in Nashville and one Sunday in Detroit.

The Red Wings are battling for a playoff spot and put the Blues and goaltender Brian Elliott to the test. The Predators, on the other hand, are struggling to stay afloat as the season boils down.

Battling for a postseason spot with only 10 regular-season games remaining, the Blues are accepting wins any way they come, as they rattled off their season-high fifth consecutive victory Tuesday. Four of those wins have taken place on the road, including back-to-back shutouts.

“The Detroit game was a little tougher to get the shutout,” said Elliott, who needed only 15 saves to blank the Predators after shutting down Detroit on 28 higher-quality attempts. “It really doesn’t matter, you just always want to beat them by whatever — one.”

Alex Steen’s goal with 3 minutes, 23 seconds left in the second period, his seventh of the season, stood as the game-winner.

The victory kept the Blues on pace with Washington for the NHL’s longest current winning streak, but more satisfying to the club was that with 46 points, the Blues jumped into sixth place in the Western Conference standings. And with losses by Los Angeles and San Jose, they are now just two points out of fourth.

“It’s one game, survive, move on,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, whose club continues its four-game road trip in Minnesota on Thursday. “Get to the next arena and put on the show again. Five wins in a row, all it does is give us points. I think we’ve got to start looking up rather than look over our shoulders. To me, looking up is more important than anything right now.”