The good news in today's NHL when two mediocre teams with dreary franchise records meet: Somebody has to win.

It was the Winnipeg Jets' turn on Monday night at sparsely populated Nationwide Arena. The visitors played somewhat like a member of the sturdy Western Conference and never trailed in a 3-2 decision over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It was a also a sign of life from the Jets, who were disorganized and demoralized after Saturday's loss at the MTS Centre to Dallas left them in tatters, having wasted an important week at home.
"I wouldn't call it a response game, but I think we know the misery that we feel and the homestand we had. I think it was pretty obvious to us that this game is important and we wanted to get ourselves a win," Jets coach Claude Noel said after his team moved to 15-15-5 with its eighth road win of the year.

"The response from that standpoint was good. We played patient, we played the game, we didn't get restless in trying to create too much. Our forecheck was good and I thought we did some good things."
The Jets got the lead on Mark Scheifele's second-period goal and had leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the third. Despite making it close with Fedor Tyutin's goal 8:21 from the finish, the Jackets really didn't exert a lot of pressure in the late going.

"It was definitely a big comeback (after Saturday)," Scheifele said. "We knew we had to have a big game coming back from playing against Dallas and I think our club really showed well today."