Jet keeping it close and winning

Jets forward Michael Frolik (left) celebrates his goal with defenceman Mark Stuart during NHL...

Jets forward Michael Frolik (left) celebrates his goal with defenceman Mark Stuart during NHL action against the Canadiens in Montreal on Feb. 2, 2014. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

WASHINGTON - One used to be such a lonely number for the Winnipeg Jets.

Prior to Paul Maurice taking the reigns, the Jets had plenty of difficulty buckling down in tight games, winning just nine of 25 one-goal contests.

But since the coaching change was made on Jan. 12, the Jets have reversed their fortunes, winning six of eight games decided by one goal -- the lone exceptions being the 1-0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks and the 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

The ability to both close out games when holding the lead, or finding a way to break the tie and move ahead, like in Tuesday's contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, has represented a seismic shift.

There was a time not long ago when the Jets were a fragile bunch that seemed to be waiting for something bad to happen and for things to unravel.


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