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Wheeler scores game-winner, Little has three assists as Jets down Sabres 3-1

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WINNIPEG - Blake Wheeler scored the game-winner on a breakaway and Bryan Little had three assists as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Monday.

Andrew Ladd and Chris Thorburn also scored for the Jets, while Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves.

Corey Tropp had Buffalo?s goal and Ryan Miller faced 31 shots in the loss.

It was the last of an eight-game homestand for the Jets, who went 5-1-2 during that span.

Winnipeg retains eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 32-27-8 record. Buffalo is four points back at 30-28-8.

Ladd opened the game?s scoring when he banged in a rebound at the front of the net at 13:45 of the first period.

Winnipeg outshot the Sabres 10-7 in the first.

The Sabres swarmed the Jets? zone during two power plays close to each other in the second period, but couldn?t convert.

But with just 35 seconds left in the middle frame, right-winger Tropp scored his second goal of the season during a goal-mouth scramble to tie things up.

Wheeler made it 2-1 after he took a pass from Little near centre ice, skated in alone on Miller and fired a high shot over his out-stretched glove at 8:02 of the third.

Thorburn gave his team some breathing room at 10:54 when he skated around defenceman Robyn Regehr and slid a low shot under Miller.

Miller is now 6-1-1 in his past eight games.

Notes: Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian didn???t play because of a lower-body injury??? The Jets are 22-10-3 when scoring the first goal of the game. The Sabres are 9-21-2 when allowing the first goal of the game ??? The Jets travel for two road games, Thursday in Vancouver and Friday against Calgary. Buffalo hosts Carolina on Wednesday.

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