Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and the Capitals’ long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step last night with a 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders.

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was Holtby’s equal, making 21 stops in a game that was just as crucial for the surging Islanders. Trying to make the playoffs for first time since 2007, the Islanders had won five of six and picked up a standings point to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved into a tie on points with Winnipeg atop the Southeast Division after the Jets lost 4-1 at Montreal.

Tavares, who had nine goals in his previous 13 games, was bottled up by the Capitals and managed only one shot on goal. He was also stuffed by Holtby on the final attempt in the shootout.

Washington, which started the season 2-8-1. has won six of its last eight games.

Green scored on a wrister from the right circle with 13 seconds remaining in the first period, and Alex Ovechkin was the only player from either team to find the net in the shootout.

The Islanders tied the game on Kyle Okposo’s one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation.