Who would have guessed that all it takes to light a fire under the Edmonton Oilers is a 50 C drop in temperature?

After wandering the desert in Phoenix and face-planting in the California sand on their winless three-game road trip, the Oilers returned to a bitter cold snap in Edmonton and upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.

The Oilers built a 3-1 lead, blew it in the second period, then built it backWho would have guessed that all it takes to light a fire in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room is a 50 C drop in temperature?

After wandering the desert in Phoenix and face-planting in the sunny California sand on their winless three-game road trip, the Oilers returned to a bitter cold snap in Edmonton and roasted the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.

The Oilers built a 3-1 lead, blew it in the second period, then built it back up again on third period goals 2:10 apart from Boyd Gordon and Taylor Hall.

“We played the right way to start the game and for whatever reason we started to play the wrong way,” said Jordan Eberle, who led the way with two first period goals. “Then it just clicked back in our heads that was have to get back to the way we need to play. It is frustrating when you give up a lead, but at the end of the day we got the win and that’s all that matters.”

The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Oilers and a six-game road winning streak for Tampa.

“There’s been a lot of times this year where we go into a third period tied or in a close game and don’t really play the way we should,” said Hall, who had a goal and an assist in his final audition before Team Canada is selected Tuesday. “And tonight it was a different story. It was nice to see. Especially against a team that’s as good and as high in the standings as Tampa.”

With one win in 19 games over the last three seasons when returning home from a road trip of two games or longer, and two wins in 28 games against teams above the playoff cutline this year, the smart money wasn’t on Edmonton to pull an upset.

Not against a Lightning team on a 7-1-1 roll coming in.

“We found a way to win a game, and it was a huge win,” said Gordon, who scored for the second time in two games. “Hopefully we can get things turned around here and start playing winning hockey.”