The Jets erased another third period deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Thursday at Bell MTS Place.
Trailing by a single goal to start the final frame, Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor scored third period goals to hand the Jackets a fourth consecutive loss. Connor scored the game winner with just 74 seconds left in regulation as the Jets overcame a third period deficit for the second game in a row.
“I’m coming off a change and the puck got rimmed back down low to Bryan (Little), and yeah, he made an incredible pass on his backhand there,” Connor said. “He found me right in the slot, and I just tried to get it off quick.”
Connor has nine goals in his last 11 games.
Mark Scheifele and Mason Appleton also scored goals for the Jets in the back-and-forth affair.
The win gives the Jets a six-game home win streak. They still haven’t lost at home in 2019, and have now won six of their last eight games overall.
“They definitely gave us a handful at times,” Little said. “It seemed like they were really getting on the forecheck, and we had a tough time breaking the puck out at times. But everything kinda came together. Helly (Connor Hellebuyck) made some big saves when we needed him to, and I thought we played the game the right way.”
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The game was basically the Jets’ season in a nutshell as they just kept the game close before coming on strong when the game was on the line in the third period.
“There’s enough firepower in our room, and enough confidence, even on a night where we’re not real sharp with our sticks,” head coach Paul Maurice said.
“We don’t have to open up our game. We have enough experience. They’ve had enough games where they’ve come back and won, and that goes a long way, even back into the playoffs of last year.”
Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand had the other markers for the Blue Jackets. Seth Jones recorded a pair of assists. It was the first time the Blue Jackets lost on a Thursday as they entered the game 12-0 on Thursdays this season.