WINNIPEG - Head coach Mike Keenan saw some encouraging signs from his Flames in Calgary's 3-2 pre-season win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
It wasn't the win that Keenan was impressed by, it was his team's ability to recover from their mistakes. Coyotes winger Enver Lisin scored his first of two goals against Flames goalie Matt Keetley 41 seconds into the first after Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf turned the puck over in his own end.
Phaneuf's response was to score a short-handed goal against Al Montoya with a blast from the point at 7:21 of the second to make it 2-1.
"Most players know when they make a mistake and they want to respond well and that's what you look for," Keenan said. "It's a game of mistakes and the best of the best from time to time make them.
"It's their ability to respond and move forward after you've done something (that's important)."
Defenceman Matt Pelech tied the game late in the second and centre Daymond Langkow scored the winner at 4:07 of the third in front of a mostly pro-Calgary crowd of 12,621 at the MTS Centre.
Pelech tied the game up at the start of a power play after he stole the puck in the face-off circle and fired a clear shot past goalie Josh Torkjman.
"We held our composure and found a way to work and win," Keenan said.
He was again happy with the effort of Winnipeg native Dustin Boyd, who assisted on Phaneuf and Langkow's goals.
"It was a little shaky off the start, but by the second and third we were rolling pretty good," Boyd said.
"There's a lot of Calgary fans here in Winnipeg. That's the team that they root for now that the Jets are gone so it was nice to see them backing us."
The Flames outshot the Coyotes 41-24.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan, the only Phoenix player who used to play with the Jets, assisted on Lisen's goals.
Phoenix didn't play Olli Jokinen and Ed Jovanovski, while Calgary scratched Jarome Iginla and Todd Bertuzzi.
The two teams face each other again Thursday night in Calgary.
Notes: There have been six NHL exhibition games in Winnipeg since the Jets team left to become the Coyotes after the 1995-96 season. ... Former NHL great Mark Messier dropped the ceremonial first puck.