The Winnipeg Jets exploded for a season-high goal tally tonight at MTS Centre and won their third straight game, crushing the Florida Panthers 7-2.

It didn’t do them much good in their pursuit of a playoff spot, however, as three teams ahead of them all won tonight. The Jets moved into an eighth-place tie with the New York Rangers, but the Blueshirts have two games in hand.

Winnipeg (21-19-2) is currently ninth, two points back of the third-place Washington Capitals, who also have a game in a hand.

The out-of-town scoreboard didn’t stop the party from going strong at the downtown arena tonight, as the home side scored early and often and did a very loud wave with seven minutes remaining.

It had to be a little nervewracking for the Jets in the early going, as they took 1-0 and 2-1 leads on Aaron Gagnon and Evander Kane goals, but Florida scored within two minutes both times.

Captain Andrew Ladd gave the Jets a 3-2 lead at 12:42 of the first period, and the hosts never looked back after that.

Grant Clitsome notched a power-play tally 10:05 into the second, Byfuglien scored 28 seconds later, and Kane pumped in his second of the contest 1:24 after that.

Chris Thorburn tipped in a Ron Hainsey shot for his second of the year at the 11:52 mark of the third to complete the rout against the Eastern Conference’s worst team.