The Winnipeg Jets had just recovered from a two-goal deficit Saturday afternoon, and Blues coach Ken Hitchcock called a necessary timeout. As Hitchcock barked, players were forced to congregate closely because of the thunderous crowd at the MTS Center.

"We couldn't hear that much," Blues forward David Perron said. "But whenever the coach calls a timeout, you know exactly what he's calling it for. It's a wakeup call."

The Blues awakened in the third period and won a 3-2 shootout decision over the Jets, who outshot the visitors 41-16, a season-high watermark against the NHL's stingiest club in that department.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak supplied the life raft Saturday, and Perron, who had a goal in regulation, netted the decisive shootout goal against an old friend, Winnipeg goalie Chris Mason.

The Blues knew that they had stolen a victory, pulling two points behind Central Division-leading Detroit with 83, but they were hardly apologetic for their performance after improving to 2-0 on a six-game trip that continues Monday in Calgary.

"The third game in 3½ days in this league with this travel, our goalie was our best player and he needed to be," Hitchcock said. "This was a very, very difficult travel situation that we got in, and I'm really happy that we won the hockey game."