It was a night of euphoria and desperation, of angst and, ultimately for the Winnipeg Jets, relief and pure joy.

Chasing a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Jets served up a little bit of everything to their loyal faithful Tuesday night -- heart rates were spiking and sinking all evening -- but regrouped after spitting up a 3-1 third-period lead for a 4-3 shootout win that is absolutely, positively critical at this stage of the season.

The club's fourth straight win -- a season high -- improves the Jets to 22-19-2 and gives them 46 points, the same as the New York Rangers, who have a game in hand but fell Tuesday to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The result also allows the Jets to keep the Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders -- all teams they are chasing in this hunt and all of whom won on Tuesday -- within sight as the final sprint toward the post-season continues.

"You don't want to give up a 3-1 in the third period, but they have some guys... the top goal scorer in the NHL (Steven Stamkos) and a guy that can hurt you, and we maybe played a little too passive instead of staying on our toes and playing in their end," said Jet Andrew Ladd. "But, at the end of the day, we had some good goals in the shootout and so we'll take it and move on.

"We've been saying all along all we can control is what we're doing. We got our two points and we have to be happy with that and move on to Thursday."