Nobody knows for sure where the inspiration came from but the Winnipeg Jets looked like a far hungrier team on Sunday night.

Whether it was the persistence of the penalty killers that had another perfect night the steady goaltending of backup Al Montoya the beyond-his-years maturity of rookie defenceman Jacob Trouba or the dogged determination of winger Evander Kane the Jets brought more of a refuse to lose attitude to the arena and were rewarded with a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils before an appreciative crowd of 15004 at MTS Centre to snap a three-game losing skid and improve to 3-3.

"It reiterates our point of us needing to be physical to be intense to pressure all over the ice" said Kane who seemed to set the tone with a pair of goals five hits and eight shots on goal. "When you do that you see the turnovers that you can create offensively. When you're playing physical you're on your toes and on the puck and on loose pucks you're just playing."

Montoya wasn't under siege the way Ondrej Pavelec had been on some nights but coming up with a flawless 24-save performance is sure to inspire confidence.

"That's not an easy role to play" said Jets head coach Claude Noel. "Montoya was really good. He didn't have to be spectacular but he was big in the net and he helped us out."

There's no goaltender controversy around these parts but showings like this are going to make it much easier for the Jets to give Montoya the 15-to-20 starts that should help keep Pavelec fresher.

"(Pavelec) is a fantastic goalie for me to come in here and give him a night off it's not just about that it's about giving the team a chance to win as well" said Montoya who has two shutouts in eight games with he Jets. "I wanted to play well to show what I can do and I think I did that."

Montoya's best work may have come during a 73-second two-man disadvantage during the second period.

Seconds later Kane scored his first goal of the contest (his other went into the empty-net) and the Jets never looked back.