WINNIPEG - Sometimes when the game turns into a defensive affair, you turn your third and fourth line to get things going.
That's what Paul Maurice got from the Adam Lowry, Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Copp line on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars to push the team three games over .500 for the first time this season.
It was fitting that line got the tying goal early in the third period after having extensive offensive zone time in the first 40 minutes.
"They were the group that was in the other teams end, I think Mark's (Scheifele) line a few times when he had the puck low," said Paul Maurice.
"But that (Lowry's) line had that game figured out early that you put it to the net any opportunity that you can and then you're looking for those bobbled pucks and when they were on they did that. They're built to do that."
Video: DAL@WPG: Copp buries rebound to tie the game at 2
Copp led the team with eight shots on goal and his game tying marker extended his point streak to three games. For his efforts he was named the game's first star. The Michigan product read the play perfectly staying off to the side of the net and Tucker Poolman threw a shot on net that came off Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin and onto Copp's stick.
"I knew he (Poolman) was going to put one on the net and just try and be in the right rebound angle," said Copp.
"I was kind of fortunate that it kind of came right to me."
Video: POSTGAME | Andrew Copp
Jets captain Blake Wheeler felt the Lowry line just did what they do best.
"That's how they play when they are playing well. They do a lot of good things below the circles to keep pucks alive," said Wheeler.
"It's just more of the same for our team. It's a lot of grind, a lot of really good offensive zone time and certainly they are a couple of our more responsible players. All three of those guys are really good defensively and that makes for a really good line."
Winnipeg is now 3-0 against the Central Division this season and will play divisional rivals in three of their next five games.
"We've got a couple of rivalries in their against teams that we've played playoff series against (Nashville and St. Louis), teams that we see so often," said Copp.
"It's going to be tight again this year. It's tight every year so we know how important these games are. We have to make sure that we are winning these games and getting ahead of these teams as much as we can."