WINNIPEG – The Jets were coming off a tough loss to the Ducks and were looking to rebound against a suddenly hot Buffalo Sabres team who were 7-3 in their last 10 games including a shoot out win last night against Ottawa. Winnipeg used a strong second period where they scored 3 goals to cruise to an easy 5-1 win on home ice.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 27 shots and looked rock solid in the net for the Jets as he improved his record to 10-8-4 on the season.

“The guys stepped up,” Pavelec said. “We have a lot of injuries, but every team deals with it. So we have to deal with it. It happens to everybody. We have enough players to feel confident, and I think the guys did a great job.”

Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves off 36 shots to take the loss for the Sabres.

“I expect a little better from myself than I showed tonight,” said Neuvirth, who admitted that he was rusty.

Buffalo opened the scoring in the first on the power play when Nikita Zadorov scored his 2nd from Cody Hodgson and Rasmus Ristolainen.

The Sabres actually outplayed the Jets early on as they outshot them 12-8 in the first and had a lengthy two man advantage that the Jets killed off, where Pavelec made a couple of big stops.

Winnipeg got goals from Mark Scheifele who scored his 5th and 6th of the season, Michael Frolik his 7th of the season a shorthanded marker his 3rd shorty of the year, Evander Kane got his 5th on the power play , Chris Thorburn his 2nd rounded out the scoring on this night.

“It felt good,” Scheifele said. “I think the biggest thing is the team came out hungry right from the start, and I think that’s what led to all of the chances we had and the game we played.”

The Jets took control in the second period and the back to back games caught up with the Sabres as the Jets scored 3 unanswered goals to take the life out of Buffalo in the second .

Scheifele had a 3 point game and looked very good on a line with Frolik who had a 2 point game and Mathieu Perreault who had a nice apple on Scheifele’s second goal. The trio has showed some chemistry and had some great offensive plays and they are also very reliable in their own end.

“He’s a really good shooter if he gets it off quickly,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of Scheifele. “Confidence is everything with those kind of guys. It is repetition and confidence. He’s got to shoot that puck every chance he’s got.”

With the lead the Jets were able to roll all four lines and give some of the go to guys a rest which was nice as the team will be very busy for the rest of the month. With the win the Jets improve to 16-10-6 on the season and seventh overall in the West.

Things won’t get any easier for the Jets as they welcome the Boston Bruins to town on Friday night.

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