WINNIPEG - Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves in his second shutout of the season as the Jets defeated Phoenix 1-0 on Thursday in the Coyotes first game back in Winnipeg since leaving for the desert in 1996.
Bryan Little scored in the first period off a rebound while Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was out of position.
Winnipeg snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 10-11-4. After the game, the crowd gave the Jets a standing ovation and saluted them at centre ice as the players raised their sticks before leaving the ice.
Smith faced 31 shots as Phoenix (13-8-3) had its modest two-game winning streak snapped.
It was a bounce back game for Pavelec who allowed five goals in Tuesday?s 6-4 loss to Ottawa.
Some fans showed that hard feelings haven?t died when it comes to the Phoenix club.
The Coyotes were booed when they came on the ice and it carried over every time a player had the puck, including captain Shane Doan.
Doan was a rookie during that last season in Manitoba and is one of only three NHLers still playing from that old squad. The others are Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Doan later got a standing ovation from the soldout crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre after the rink announcer asked fans to recognize his place in the Jets??? history.
Forward Kyle Turris made his season debut Thursday for the Coyotes after a lengthy contract hold out. He played just under 12 minutes and registered a team-high four shots on goal.
Evander Kane assisted on Little???s goal when his shot hit the post and Little put in the rebound at 6:53 of the opening period.
The 1-0 lead stood even as Phoenix outshot the Jets 16-9 in the second period and had a 27-19 edge after two.
The game featured only five penalties, with Winnipeg going 0-3 on the power play and Phoenix 0-2.
Winnipeg hosts New Jersey on Saturday and Phoenix is at home to Philadelphia the same night.