Dustin Byfuglien sent a re-assurance to Winnipeg Jets fans on Sunday -- don't worry about my health.

The 26-year-old defenceman doesn't speak very often to reporters but he did before the Jets' home game with the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's just little bumps and bruises; you get sore at this time of year," he said about missing a few shifts last Friday night. Still, he played a game-high 22:53 that night.

"Sometimes you just need to walk it off. That's all that it was."

He said he has managed late-season pain, bumps and bruises before.

"It's minor things that happen, that you've just got to take care of," he said. "You try not to overdo things."