Rycroft's goal at 17:51of the third put Colorado ahead 3-0. But two goals by Rich Nash in the final two minutes pulled the Blue Jackets to within 3-2. Andrew Brunette and Paul Stastny had the other goals for Colorado to extend point streaks. Brunette has an 11-game point streak while Stastny has a 13-game streak.
Milan Hejduk had two assists for Colorado which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Columbus goaltender Fredrick Norrena made 20 saves. Norrena is 3-4-1 in his past eight games and winner of six of his past 10 decisions.
Columbus was 0-for-3 on the power play. The Blue Jackets' power play on the road ranks 28th of 30 teams.