Dallas Eakins might want to get more of the wine and roses he sent Montreal Canadiens trash talker Lars Eller and address the card to himself.

Or give it to his players.

Whether the coach motivated the players or the players bailed out the coach is up for discussion, but at the end of a very long day for the Edmonton Oilers, they won.

Just like Eller’s “junior team” comparison revved up the Oilers in Montreal earlier this year, Eakins comments at the morning skate lit a similar fire in Edmonton’s belly.

After a mis-step at the podium at the morning skate, when he ripped on a sweater-throwing fan (thus angering the rest of the Oilers fan base, who’ve been similarly frustrated by the last eight years) the Oilers and their coach didn’t want to know what the reaction would be like if the laid another egg.

They didn’t have to worry about it thanks to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

OK, they worried about it a bit - it was 2-1 after 20 and 3-2 after 40, hardly much room to breathe there - but they pulled away in the third period, winning on the strength of big nights from all the guys you would expect big games from in a situation like this.

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all had multiple-point nights.

Just as Edmonton’s six-game losing streak came to an end, so did a laundry list of personal slumps.

For Eberle, it was his first goal in seven games. For Gagner, his second in nine. Perron and Yakupov scored their first in seven and Jeff Petry netted his first in 27.

The Oilers came out like everyone expected they would after the morning fire-storm, against an opponent playing its third game in four nights and second of back-to-back games on the road.

They out-shot the Jets 14-7 and out-scored them 2-1 on a couple of very nice goals from Eberle and Gagner.

“It’s a good feeling to get the goal,” said Gagner, who likes the chemistry with new linemates Eberle and Jesse Joensuu. “I’m feeling good with that line, we’re getting a lot off the cycle. Those two guys are so good defensively it allows us to play in their end a lot of the time.”