Before hitting the road, the Senators packed up a much-needed two points.

The Senators closed out their three-game homestand with their third straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in front of 18,691 Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Goaltender Craig Anderson picked up his fourth straight win with 33 stops while Clarke MacArthur, Zack Smith, Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad scored as Ottawa moved back to .500 at 18-18-7.

Preparing to play eight of their next 10 on the road, the Senators were able to hold off a late push by the Jets as Olli Jokinen, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien replied for the Jets.

“It was nice to get rewarded at the end,” said MacArtur, who scored what turned out to be the winner at 11:29 when he gave the Senators a 4-2 lead. “That’s just an important two points for us there.

“We’ve got something rolling here now with three in a row. They aren’t all going to be pretty but at this time of year and where the standings are we’ll take anything we can get."

Since nothing is easy for the Senators, they did allow the Jets to pull within a goal when Jokinen scored at 14:30 but that was where the comeback halted. Smith scored at 6:42 by tipping a Marc Methot shot to give Ottawa the lead.

“Three in for us is pretty big. It’s something we’ve only done once for us this year,” said Smith. “It was a bit sloppy at times. It probably wasn’t a pretty game but we deserved to win and get the two points.”

Through two periods, the Senators and Jets were pretty much going toe-to-toe. It wasn’t thrilling by any stretch of the imagination but Anderson and Montoya were both forced to make stops to keep it close.

Montoya, who shutout the Senators last season, did make a big toe save on MacArthur late in the second. The score was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes. Both teams have struggled to find consistency this season.