With the league's highest payroll and only a terrible start to show for it, the Rangers are beginning to put their tattered season back together.

The Rangers beat the Oilers, 2-1, in overtime Wednesday night to stretch their unbeaten streak to four games.

After assembling a $59 million payroll, in the wake of Wayne Gretzky's retirement, New York got off to a 7-14-3 start and found themselves low in the Eastern Conference standings with the stripped-down Islanders and the expansion Thrashers.

"I think everybody's tried to renew and start off on a different foot and try to forget what just happened," said Mike Richter, who made 37 saves including four breakaways vs. Edmonton.

The Rangers are now 10th in the 15-team conference and are two points away from the eighth and final playoff position.

* THE MINOR GRETZKY: Brent Gretzky, the 27-year-old brother of Wayne Gretzky, tied a United Hockey League record with eight points in Asheville's 11-1 victory over Knoxville on Wednesday night.

Gretzky, who played briefly for Tampa Bay in the NHL in 1993-94 and 1994-95, had two goals and six assists to become the eighth player in UHL history to score eight points in a game.