Philip Larsen had to go a long way to collect his first goal for the Edmonton Oilers.

The defenceman read a rush from deep in his end and raced down the length of the ice to score his first of the season and sixth of his career.

It helped the Oilers defeat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Tuesday, snapping a five-game losing skid.

“Every time you score a goal, it’s always a good feeling,” Larsen said. “But I have to thank Nuge (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) for the work he put in before that. He made a really good pass and I was able to get a good shot on it. I think I did the easy part.”

Larsen scored the Oilers opening goal of the contest in the first period. He had been called up from Oklahoma City late last week as the Oilers sent Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter down their American Hockey League affiliate.

“I saw when Ryan got the puck at our blue line,” Larsen said. “I saw they had three guys caught on the left side of the ice and I was just trying to create a two-on-one, and hopefully, I would get the puck as I did. It was a good play by Ryan.”

Acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars this off-season along with a seventh-round pick for Shawn Horcoff, Larsen was brought in to provide depth to the Oilers blue-line.

He had 95 games of NHL experience heading into the season in a little over three years with the Stars and is now looking to solidify a spot on the Oilers blue-line.