For two decades Devils fans have had a love affair with goalie Martin Brodeur as he re-wrote the NHL record book and helped win three Stanley Cups.

But as Brodeur watched from a seat on the bench you could sense the sellout crowd at Prudential Center embracing the future of the franchise Cory Schneider as they called his name and chanted: “Cory’s better” while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist struggled at the other end of the rink.

“I think so. We saw that already once this year in an exhibition game when he came in and played well” coach Pete DeBoer said. “The crowd appreciated him. They’ve gotten used to great goaltending here over the last 20 years. I think they appreciate that.”

And why not? Schneider made 22 saves and posted his first shutout for his new team as the Devils recorded their first victory of the season 4-0 Saturday night over an erratic Lundqvist and the rival Rangers.

The victory ended the Devils’ longest winless streak at the start of a season (seven games) and moved them ahead of the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division with a 1-4-3 record. The Rangers are 2-5-0.

“It was a good matchup for us at the right time” said center Adam Henrique who scored the Devils’ second goal in an important opening period. “It’s kind of funny. Obviously we were struggling to get the first win and we got a matchup like this. This is a rivalry. Every game the intensity level rises. I think that might have helped us but everybody showed up today.”

Well not everyone.

Patrik Elias stayed home with the flu and Damien Brunner was sidelined with upper body soreness that could be a shoulder injury. But they avoided a potentially serious injury to captain Bryce Salvador who crashed head-first into the corner boards with 26.4 seconds remaining in the first period.