It wasn’t going to win any awards in the beauty department, but the Bruins got exactly what they needed in the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

The Bruins shook off a sleepy opening period and finished off a 4-1 victory over the Atlantic Division tomato can Panthers at TD Garden after pouring on a couple of goals in the final 20 minutes. The victory snapped a stretch where the Bruins had lost four out of five and evens their season-long five game homestand at 1-1 with three games left.

Even better, the TD Garden crowd watched a highlight reel package of Tim Thomas moments on the Jumbotron, and gave the former Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, who was injured and didn't play for the Panthers, a standing ovation as he waved to the crowd.

After a scoreless first, David Krejci opened the scoring in the second with a long blast from inside the blue line through heavy traffic in front of the net. The Bruins kicked it into overdrive in the third period as Brad Marchand cleaned up the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg shot to snap a 12-game goal-scoring drought, and Torey Krug snapped in a top shelf sniper shot from the slot to cap things off for the Black and Gold.

It was Krug’s sixth goal of the season, which puts him into a tie with Erik Karlsson for the NHL lead in goals among defensemen.

Jesse Winchester popped in a Tuukka Rask rebound with 5:35 to go in the third period to put the Panthers on the board, but there was little danger of Boston blowing two points on this particular night. Reilly Smith added his second goal of the season late in the third period to add on to the one-sided victory.

Rask made 22 saves for the Bruins and improved to 8-4-1 on the season.