Jets bounce back in Tampa following loss to Panthers

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TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

TAMPA, FLA. - It was exactly the type of response Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel wanted to see from his players.

Humbled two nights earlier in an uninspired loss to the Florida Panthers, the Jets bounced back and played an excellent road game Thursday night, getting a late goal from Bryan Little to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

From backup goaltender Al Montoya, to a group of penalty killers who killed off five Lightning power plays, including a two-minute, two-man advantage, to a fourth-liner who scored his first goal of the season the Jets put in a complete effort.

"You are just looking for a response and the response really has to be in the players' play and I thought we got that," Noel said after the Jets improved their record to 11-11-1 on the season. "The bench was alive, our guys were into the game and I thought we were good.



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