Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Keith Yandle scored the deciding goal late in the first period and Mike Smith stopped 33 shots, as Phoenix squeaked by San Jose, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Michael Stone recorded the other score for the Coyotes, who won for the second time in their last six games.
Brent Burns notched the lone score and Thomas Greiss made 30 saves for the Sharks, who have lost two of three.
With a regulation loss, San Jose remained tied with Los Angeles -- which lost to the Red Wings earlier on Wednesday -- for the fourth spot in the West. San Jose plays the Kings in both clubs' season finale on Saturday.