Go ahead and chalk this one up to winning ugly -- there's no other way to describe it.

By their own admission, the Winnipeg Jets know they need to be much better and vowed that they will.

Stylistically, it was probably their worst game since Paul Maurice took over, as they struggled for much of the night to find their skating legs.

But at the end of the day, you don't get style points in the NHL.

And when you're trying to find any possible way to stay in the playoff picture, the only thing that really matters are wins and losses.

After Chris Thorburn found himself alone on the doorstep with 63 seconds left in the third period to pump home a pass from Jacob Trouba, the Jets eked out another one-goal win in a 2-1 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Just like that, their hot streak continued.

"To be honest with you, it wasn't our best game. I don't know that we played to our strengths," said Maurice, who improved to 9-2 since taking over. "It's good to win a game when you're not necessarily at your best."

Thanks to the victory, the Jets improved to 9-2 under Maurice and 28-25-5 overall, pulling within two points of the Vancouver Canucks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"With winning comes confidence and confidence is a dangerous thing," said Thorburn. "Right now, we're building it and we're riding it. Hopefully, this continues for a long time. This (win) means we can still pull it out. But at the same time, we don't want to play games like that. We're a better skating team than we showed. But at the same time, we got the two points. We'll take that, but we'll be better next game."

One of the most important stretches of the game for the Jets came late in the second period, as they were holding a 1-0 lead, thanks to captain Andrew Ladd put in a rebound after a shot by Michael Frolik.