Over the past two days, the Predators’ style of hockey has come under some criticism and questioning. The team didn’t have enough offense. It had too many third- and fourth-line players.

While there may be some truth to those thoughts, at least for one night in New York the “Predator Way” looked like the right way.

Nashville’s grind line of Paul Gaustad, Matt Hendricks and Rich Clune was Nashville’s strongest, delivering three goals, including the game-winner in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

“I think we know for our team to win it has to be everybody pitching in every night,” Gaustad said. “That’s the type of hockey we have to play, and if we do that, we’re going to be successful and we’re going to be a team that’s battling for the playoffs. I think tonight it’s one of those things that when you see the fourth line on the sheet it’s usually one of those things that every line is chipping in.”

The win for Nashville (14-14-3) broke a five-game winless skid and gives the Predators some positivity heading home for a critical divisional game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Goaltender Carter Hutton made 28 saves in the win. His counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, made 25 stops in the loss.