GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes settled back into their normal selves Saturday night.
Smith made 20 saves, Shane Doan scored his team-leading eighth goal and Rob Klinkhammer added his first career goal as the Coyotes edged the Dallas Stars 2-1.
Smith had struggled of late, allowing 14 goals in his past three starts. But he returned to form against Dallas, the team with which he started his career, with help from players like Zbynek Michalek, who blocked a team-high eight shots.
"When you block 29 shots, that to me is a sign that your team comes to compete," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.
Michalek's most important blocked shot came on Dallas' second 5-on-3 power play.
Smith said he didn't have to make a save during the Stars' 89-second advantage because Michalek "made four or five in front of me. The guys were outstanding in front of me."
Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak and jumped a point ahead of the Stars and the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Conference standings.
"They showed they'll do whatever we have to do to win a game," said Tippett, who met with his club on Friday to emphasize the need to tighten a defense that allowed 18 goals in four games.
"That's more of what we're looking for in this team."
Jaromir Jagr scored his 10th goal on the first of Dallas' two five-on-three power plays.
Doan gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 16:59 of the first period after a series of passes. Steve Sullivan carried the puck into the zone and found Oliver Ekman-Larsson racing over the blue line.
Ekman-Larsson evaded the defense with a swooping spin to his right and passed behind the net to Antoine Vermette, who then threw the puck to Doan in front.
Klinkhammer, who on Thursday was recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League for the second time, made it 2-0 at 7:31 of the second when he took a pass from Ben Gordon at the top left side of the crease and fired into the open left side of the net.
"I was just looking for someone to hug. I was so surprised," said Klinkhammer, who arrived in Phoenix at 3 a.m. from the East Coast.
Jagr cut the lead to 2-1 at 18:19 of the period when, with 17 seconds left in Dallas' initial two-man advantage, he skated toward the middle and beat Smith on a hard shot from just inside the top of the right faceoff circle.
"Down 2-0 against these guys isn't easy but I thought we had our chances," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "But we had plenty of time and chances."
Stars center Jamie Benn went down hard after he was checked by Martin Hanzal with 1:27 left to go. Benn was attended to by a team trainer before skating off the ice and into the locker room.
NOTES: Doan has 31 goals and 37 assists in 97 games against Dallas. ... Stars left winger Brenden Morrow, who felt a "tweak" in his groin and missed the last 10 minutes of Dallas' win at Los Angeles on Thursday, was scratched from Saturday's lineup. ... Phoenix center Matthew Lombardi was scratched with an upper-body injury. Lombardi has played in only 12 of 25 games this season. ... Right winger Radim Vrbata missed his 10th straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Tippett is 13-5-4 against his former team, including a 8-2-1 record at Jobing.Com Arena. ... Klinkhammer made his Coyotes debut. Klinkhammer has played in 16 career games, all but one with Ottawa, and has two career assists. ... Arizona Senator John McCain was in attendance.