If you were scratching your head with Claude Noel's shootout picks on Tuesday night, you weren't for long.

The Winnipeg Jets coach chose centre Mike Santorelli, snatched from waivers from Florida just two weeks ago, in the second slot and the 27-year-old centre delivered.


Santorelli is now a career 10 for 19 in the NHL's penalty-shot contests.

"He's been a scorer in his whole career, first of all, so his background is good," Noel said after the Jets' fourth straight victory at home. "You'd have to be asleep at the wheel not to know he was a scorer in shootouts in Florida. You do your work, you know. He pulled the trigger again. He's clipping along at 50 per cent.

"So that's why we put him out there."

Santorelli, who has 33 goals in 203 NHL games, said he was a bit nervous taking a shootout chance for his new team for the first time.

"I'm glad it went in," he said. "I'll help any way I can. I just kind of read off the goalie. I've got a couple of moves. I just go in thinking of one and take whatever.

"Today my was first one but I was a little bit nervous. I'm glad we got the extra point."

It gave the Jets their second shootout win of the season. The other was March 17 in Toronto.

"Every point is huge right now, especially with five games left," Santorelli said.