The Blues finally got all the way back to square one on Saturday at Rexall Place.

Forward T. J. Oshie came off the injured-reserve list and rejoined the starting lineup against the Oilers and scored the final goal in the visitors’ 3-0 victory.

While forward Jamie Langenbrunner has been lost for the rest of the season, Oshie is the last of the recently injured to return. He was preceded in reverse order by forwards Andy McDonald, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen.

That group represents four of the team’s top six or seven forwards. Collectively, their absence represented a gaping hole. Individually, the manner in which they have returned has allowed for an organized re-assembly. With the slowly trickling faucet, the lineup has adapted drip by drip.

The only fallout was the trade of forward Matt D’Agostini to New Jersey on Friday, which cleared space on the 23-man roster. In reality, D’Agostini’s departure had as much to do with accommodating three goalies as it did making room for Oshie.

“The one blessing is the players have come back one at a time, rather than as a group,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “So, we were able to integrate guys. Now we have to see what looks good on paper, to see if it translates onto the ice.

The Blues left on their current trip last Monday. The journey to western Canada began with a 3-2 loss at Vancouver and has advanced through three days at a ski resort in Whistler, B.C. The Blues began the stretch with 34 points, which was third most in the Western Conference at the time.

Before playing at Edmonton on Saturday, the Blues still had 34 points. But they were seventh in the conference, one point out of sixth, two points out of fifth and four points from a tie for third. The coaching staff expected the team would lose ground while it skated in place this week.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be,” Hitchcock added.

But the see-saw continued Saturday, when their victory boosted them to 36 points, tied with Los Angeles for fifth in the West.

So the respite seems to have been worthwhile. The Blues had a chance to re-charge batteries and reform emotionally. At the same time, they skated through two substantial practices at a small public facility in Whistler. The aforementioned returnees had a chance for re-orientation in a practice setting. The team as a whole had an opportunity to fine-tune.

“Practices are like gold at this time of year,” Hitchcock said. “So we’ve had two good, hard practices and we feel energized. I told the players today, ‘We didn’t lose much ground (in standings) and now it’s just about getting back to playing well again.’

“Other than the second period in Vancouver — which wasn’t as bad as we thought — we’ve played awful well and we just have to get back on track.”