Rihanna’s song Diamonds was blasting from the Jets dressing room on Tuesday night in the bowels of PNC Arena, so you knew it had been a good night.

The Winnipeg Jets faced the Carolina Hurricanes in one of their biggest games yet since moving from Atlanta nearly two years ago, and the result was a dominating 4-1 triumph that has the franchise the closest it’s been to a playoff spot in a long, long time.

The Jets, behind Evander Kane’s four-point performance, moved six points ahead of the Hurricanes atop the Southeast Division. Carolina has three games in hand, but Winnipeg can actually see the playoffs on the horizon.

Kane, who set a career high with three assists on Tuesday night, said the Jets shouldn’t be thinking now only about making the playoffs, but about getting that No. 3 seed and playing well going into the post-season.

“It’s a good feeling that you’re in a position,” Kane said. “You’re in the division lead. You control your own destiny from here on out, and we’ve got 14 games left to continue to pick up points and position ourselves in a good position hopefully going into the playoffs, not just squeaking in.”

The Jets have had a reputation for laying eggs when they’ve had a chance to make hay. See last Thursday and Friday against Washington as the perfect example. On Tuesday night, however, they got a solid effort from everyone, and now they’re comfortably entrenched in the playoffs.

It might just be time to start believing that the post-season is coming to Winnipeg in Year 2. Not that Claude Noel thought that would be the case just a few hours before Tuesday’s game.

“We had an awful pre-game skate,” the giddy coach said afterwards. “It was just the wildest one I’ve ever seen. One thing you learn as a coach is you never judge your game-night activity with your pre-game skate.

“We certainly proved that to be the case, because if they had been watching our pre-game skate they would have thought, ‘Holy jeez, these guys are awful.’ But I thought we played a good strong game.”

Did they ever. Despite looking a little tired at times against a Hurricanes team that had just enjoyed two days completely away from the rink, the Jets played a nearly perfect road game. They gave up the first goal but didn’t let it bother them. They tied it up at 1-1 through 20 minutes and then scored twice in the second.