There were 12 minutes left in the second intermission Tuesday night. Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” rang out of Xcel Energy Center’s loudspeakers. Fans were buying concessions, using restrooms, chatting away as they waited for players to file back out for the third period.

The Wild had just clinched a playoff berth and nobody seemed to notice.

That’s because the scoreboard read, “Boston Bruins 3, Wild 2.” The Wild advanced courtesy of a Columbus overtime victory over Phoenix.

In the locker room though, coach Mike Yeo told his players their playoff destiny was set. But he made his final message clear: “Let’s not come through the back door, let’s go charging through the front door.”

The Wild did just that. Playing for the second time in two nights, playing against a rested Stanley Cup contender, the Wild pushed, prodded and pressured its way to a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory.

“You don’t want to back in. You want to win yourself in,” Zach Parise said after the Wild locked up the top wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference. Next week, Minnesota will meet the second seed, which will be Anaheim, slumping St. Louis (Thursday’s opponent), Colorado or San Jose.

Defenseman Ryan Suter scored the tying goal with 65 seconds left. Captain Mikko Koivu, who had two assists, three takeaways and won 18 of 27 faceoffs, scored his 36th career shootout goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov became the first Wild goalie in history to get points in his first 10 starts (7-0-3) with a spotless shootout.

Jason Pominville had his best game in a month, scoring two first-period goals, assisting on Suter’s tying goal, throwing his weight around and placing his body in front of a big slapshot.