A win is a win, but Canadiens goaltender Carey Price said Sunday's 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets was special.

"The most important thing is to get the win, but it was extra sweet to come in and spoil their party," Price said.

The game marked the return of the National Hockey League to Winnipeg after a 15-year absence and, while Price talked about taking the crowd out of the game with an early goal, the reality is that the crowd produced a deafening din from the pregame salute to the city's hockey history to a standing ovation at the end of the game.

But Price said the crowd wasn't a factor.

"We deal with it a lot on the road," Price said. "It's nothing for us to come to a building that's rocking."