COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets still have some life.

Facing elimination in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series, the Blue Jackets started aggressively and held off the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night in Nationwide Arena.

Columbus still trails 3-1 in the series, which shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday night.

Jack Johnson, Josh Anderson, Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal for the Blue Jackets.

Patric Hornqvist, Ron Hainsey, Tom Kuhnhackl and Jake Guentzel scored goals for the Penguins. Phil Kessel was credited with three assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Blue Jackets, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots for the Penguins.

The Blue Jackets led 3-2 entering the third and scored just 27 seconds into the period. Karlsson's first playoff goal made it 4-2.

The Penguins responded to pull within one again at 2:10 of the third on Kuhnhackl's goal.

Jenner gave the Blue Jackets some breathing room again with a tip-in from in front of the goal on a shot from Brandon Saad that made it 5-3.

The Penguins scored a short-handed goal with the goalie pulled with 26.4 seconds left when Guentzel put a rebound past Bobrovsky for his fifth goal of the series.

Nutivaara's goal at 4:48 of the second period boosted the Blue Jackets' lead to 3-0. He was waiting to the right of the net to collect a rebound on a shot by Jenner and beat Fleury to the glove side.

But back came the Penguins. Less than two minutes after Nutivaara's goal, Hornqvist made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the second.

Pittsburgh then closed within one at 16:24 of the second when Hainsey scored his first goal of the series on a shot from the boards that went between the legs of teammate Bryan Rust and found its way past Bobrovsky.

The Penguins put pressure on the Blue Jackets the rest of the period but couldn't beat Bobrovsky and trailed 3-2 heading into the third period.

The Blue Jackets scored the first goal for the second straight game. Johnson fired a slap shot from above the right circle that deflected off Sidney Crosby's skate and past Fleury at 11:46 of the first period.

As has been the norm in the series, the Blue Jackets continued to apply pressure in the first period and opened a 2-0 lead with 1:04 remaining on Anderson's first career playoff goal.

Kyle Quincey forced a turnover at center ice and passed to Karlsson, who fed Anderson as he sped into the zone and skated in on Fleury before sliding the puck under the goalie's pads.

NOTES: Blue Jackets D Zach Werenski is out for the remainder of the playoffs after sustaining facial fractures during Game 3 on Sunday night. Werenski was one of the top rookies in the NHL this season. ... Veteran D Kyle Quincey, a midseason pickup in a trade with the New Jersey Devils, took Werenski's place. Quincey had not played in the first three games. ... Penguins G Matt Murray remained out for the fourth straight game with a lower-body injury sustained before the series opener. ... D Markus Nutivaara made his playoff debut for the Blue Jackets, replacing D Scott Harrington. ... Blue Jackets C Lukas Sedlak returned after missing the previous eight games with an upper-body injury. He replaced veteran Scott Hartnell, who was a healthy scratch. ... Columbus LW Matt Calvert was back on the ice after a one-game suspension for his cross-check at the end of Game 2.