It's tough to see Pekka Rinne's competitiveness during games.

After all, his face is covered by a goalie mask.

But the Predators' goaltender wants to win as much as anyone. That's why his seven-game winless skid as a starter had started to grate on him recently. With Thursday's 4-3 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Rinne pulled out a win for the first time since Nov. 17 against Toronto.

"It has been tough going," Rinne said. "Hopefully this is the one we all and myself can turn the page and just put that bad streak behind you. It felt really good, especially coming from behind like that. Just a big win. I'm sure this helps us a lot."

The Predators allowed only 24 shots, and Coach Barry Trotz didn't believe that Rinne, who made 21 saves, had to bail out his team.

"Peks is one of those great pros that he wants to stop every puck, he wants to be a difference every game, and he hasn't been able to get a win here," Trotz said. "He's a proud athlete, and tonight we were able to get him one in a sense."