Mike Yeo is a realist and knew that a victory Saturday night at the Pepsi Center wouldn’t exactly salvage the disappointing road trip.

“But it certainly would make a big difference,” the Wild coach said Saturday morning.

Hours later, the Wild showed lots of glimpses of quality play, although scoring goals continued to be an unbelievable struggle. But with a third road shutout in six games staring the Wild in the face, Nino Niederreiter forced overtime late in the third period before the Wild pulled out the extra point with a 2-1 shootout win to break a five-game road losing streak.

“It was huge for our team to get that goal,” Niederreiter said. “We ended with a positive note. We know how we have to play. I think we set an example tonight the way we should play on the road.”

Zach Parise scored his 35th career shootout goal and Mikko Koivu his 33rd, and Josh Harding made two saves to go along with his 26 through overtime to help the Wild, which has been outscored 15-5 in the past six road games, go 1-2 on its three-game road trip. It moved back into eighth in the West.

Jason Pominville, Jonas Brodin and Niederreiter scored the Wild’s only three goals on the road trip. The team has scored 16 goals in the past 11 games overall (1.5 a game) and 29 goals in 17 road games this season (1.7 per game, second-worst in the NHL).

“I still think there’s a lot of things we can and we need to do better [to create offense],” Parise said.

The Wild rallied from a 1-0 deficit after Maxime Talbot redirected Cory Sarich’s shot that was heading wide by Harding midway through the second period.

It was the ninth consecutive road game the Wild gave up the first goal. It was facing a Colorado team that was 17-0 when scoring first and 18-0 when leading after two periods.

“For two periods, I’m thinking to myself, ‘We look like we have nothing in the tank, we look tired,’ ” Yeo said. “There were plays or decisions we made that are usually the result of fatigue.