Jets zap Lightning

Lightning defenceman Matt Carle (left) battles with Jets forwards Nik Antropov (centre) and Eric...

Lightning defenceman Matt Carle (left) battles with Jets forwards Nik Antropov (centre) and Eric Tangradi in front of goalie Cedrick Desjardins at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, March 24, 2013. (MARIANNE HELM/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Call off the search party, the Winnipeg Jets found their collective game and made their way back into the win column.

After getting bounced on consecutive nights to the Washington Capitals to the tune of 10-1, the Jets ran into another desperate hockey team, only this time they managed to avoid the speed bumps and reclaim the winning formula in a 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night before a crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre.

“I really think this was a huge game. A bounce-back game,” said Jets winger Blake Wheeler. “There’s not a team that goes every game with smooth sailing. We didn’t panic. We faced a bump in the road and that’s going to happen. It’s how you respond to those things that is more important than the adversity you face.

“We did a good job of getting back on track.”

For the Jets, getting back on track meant facing a Lightning team that fired head coach Guy Boucher on the morning of the game.



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