The game plan was simple for the Predators: Survive the first period against the fast-starting Sharks and try to grind out a win.

Nashville did just that, outscoring San Jose in the first period and holding on for a 3-2 win Saturday night in front of a crowd of 16,243 at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators scored the first goal with 3:56 left in the first period when Eric Nystrom deflected a Victor Bartley point shot. Coming into the game, the Sharks had outscored opponents 42-14 in the first period and outshot the opposition 403-255.

With the win, the Predators (16-14-3) now have won three straight games. That comes on the heels of a five-game winless streak that was snapped Tuesday at the New York Rangers.

“We knew they were a really fast-starting team,” Nystrom said. “I thought we played a really strong first period and got ahead, and that really set the tone for us for the game.”

The Predators went up 2-0 with 1:52 left in the second period. Forward Craig Smith found Roman Josi in the slot on the powerplay. Josi then buried a wrist shot past San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi.