Losers of four straight, the Coyotes were desperate Thursday for a victory.
Mike Comrie gave it to them when his 5-on-3 power-play goal 2:52 into the third period snapped a tie as Phoenix rallied to beat the red-hot San Jose Sharks 2-1 at Glendale Arena.
The win kept Phoenix (17-16-2) out of the cellar in the Pacific Division and moved them two points ahead of San Jose (15-14-4), which had won seven of its last eight.
"We're happy we got the win, but there are still a few things we can improve on," said Comrie, who has 14 points in his past 14 games and whose goal was his third in the past two.
Patrick Marleau was credited with the Sharks' goal when his shot — San Jose's first of the night — deflected off Keith Ballard's stick and the right goal post before going over the line. Goalie Curtis Joseph was a wall from then on, stopping the next 20 shots.
Center Jamie Lundmark tied the score on a redirect at 11:52 of the first period.
Sharks center Joe Thornton had his 14-game point streak snapped.
Canadian politician Denis Coderre, an ex-minister of amateur sport, called for Coyotes captain Shane Doan to be removed from the country's Olympic team after reports he verbally slammed French-Canadians earlier this month.
Doan was given a gross misconduct by referee Stephane Auger for verbal abuse following Phoenix's loss Dec. 13 in Montreal. There were allegations the remarks were culturally related because all four officials were French-Canadian. The NHL looked into the matter and determined Doan did nothing wrong. Doan said after the Montreal game he said nothing derogatory on the ice and reiterated those comments Thursday in a statement released by the team.
"I did not make any anti-Francophone comments following our recent game in Montreal," he said. "The NHL conducted their own review and found no wrongdoing on my behalf. I am looking forward to being a part of Team Canada again and representing all Canadians, coast to coast."
Forward Tim Jackman, who was called up Wednesday, made his Coyotes debut, playing in place of Geoff Sanderson (hip-pointer). Sanderson is listed as day-to-day and will be a game-time decision tonight.