The New York Islanders are in a place they haven't been in quite a while -- holding their playoff chances in their own hands.
Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left, and Evgeni Nabokov was sharp in goal Saturday night to lift the Islanders past the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2.
The Islanders remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, tied in points with the seventh-place New York Rangers, who hold the tiebreaker. Both teams lead the ninth-place Winnipeg Jets, who are below the postseason cutoff, by two points.
The New Jersey Devils are three points back in 10th.
The Islanders (19-16-4) are trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2007. They have nine games remaining, while Winnipeg has eight and the Devils 10.
''We're working toward what we are trying to accomplish, and we still have a ways to go,'' said Islanders leading scorer John Tavares, who assisted on Josh Bailey's first goal, midway through the first period.