Daniel Paille enjoyed one of his most energetic games of the season while slotted in with the third line earlier this season against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately that was also the same game that the winger was knocked out of action with a high stick to the face.

So he was looking forward to another shot with Chris Kelly, and he celebrated that Sunday chance on the third line with a pivotal goal in Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. With his back to the net, Paille redirected a Johnny Boychuk shot past Ondrej Pavelec with 1.5 seconds left in the second period to tie the game at 2-2 in a score that completely shifted the game’s momentum.

“We wanted to score right away and it worked,” said Zdeno Chara. “Paille had a stick in the right place and it went in. That was a good tying goal for us.”

Why was the timing of Paille’s second goal of the season so important?

The B’s winger’s redirected goal came just 26 seconds after the Jets had taken a one-goal lead when an Evander Kane goal temporarily deflated Boston’s spirits. The Winnipeg forward fought through Nathan Horton and Dennis Seidenberg to get a pair of point blank chances at the Boston net, and the second bid finally beat Tuukka Rask.

So the Bruins needed something to change the game’s energy, and they got it in a big way.

“Anytime somebody scores in the last minute of any period it’s a big momentum shift. For us to respond with another one right back hopefully got us going a little bit,” said Paille. “It was good to us respond well in the third period after that.

“As soon as I saw Johnny [Boychuk] fake pump [the shot] a few times I was just waiting in front of the net. My initial thought was to try to tip it and I redirected it perfectly where I wanted to. I’m just glad there was a second left.”