As Wild coach Mike Yeo juggled his line combinations last week, there was one duo he wanted to keep intact. Center Mikael Granlund and right wing Jason Pominville had been developing an increasingly productive chemistry, one that Yeo hoped could inject more life into a meek offense.

Friday at Xcel Energy Center, the two teamed for one goal, and Pominville was set up for another by Zach Parise as the right wing lifted the Wild to a 4-3 victory over Montreal. Pominville broke a 1-1 tie with his first goal of the game — off a perfect pass by Granlund — at eight minutes, 41 seconds of the second period. After the Canadiens tied it 3-3 midway through the third, Pominville beat goalie Carey Price at the left goalpost for the winner at 14:32.

Granlund got another helper, too, setting up Nino Niederreiter early in the third period. Granlund has earned the first assist on Pominville’s last four goals, and his six assists since Oct. 19 are tied for second in the NHL over that period. Pominville also continued a hot streak, with four goals in the past three games. His seven goals since Oct. 14 are tied for the most in the NHL in that time frame.

Goaltender Josh Harding, in his first game since Oct. 24, stopped 28 shots against a swift, stubborn Montreal offense. The Canadiens outshot the Wild 31-25.

Montreal had not played at Xcel since the 2010-11 season, and Yeo predicted its rabid fan base would generate a high-energy atmosphere. Clumps of blue-and-red-clad Habs supporters showed up well before warmups, crowding around the team’s tunnel and against the glass, and displayed giant flags and handmade signs.

The Wild’s new lines, devised by Yeo on Wednesday, had Fontaine and Dany Heatley alternating between the first and fourth lines. Heatley took the early shifts on the top line with Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise, but Fontaine got the Wild’s first two shots — and credit for its first goal. Keith Ballard’s shot from the point sailed into traffic and struck Fontaine’s leg, redirecting past Price at 5:45 of the first period.

The Canadiens responded only 25 seconds later. Brendan Gallagher charged to the net on a two-on-one and directed Alex Galchenyuk’s pass behind Harding at 6:10. The Wild got its first power play at 9:28, when Rene Bourque slashed Fontaine, but could not score on two shots.

Yeo had talked earlier in the week about the strides in Granlund’s game, the proficiency of Pominville and the developing rapport between the two. They demonstrated it in the second period on Pominville’s goal, set up by a beautiful Granlund pass.