TAMPA -- Mark Scheifele wasted little time, scoring the game-winner just 1:04 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Scheifele's third goal of the season came less than 20 seconds after the Lightning's Alex Killorn appeared to beat Jets goaltender Al Montoya on a breakaway -- but hit the left post with his shot.
With the win, Winnipeg climbed above the .500 mark to 14-13-4. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, fell to 17-10-2.
Nate Thompson tied the game, 1-1, with 1.2 seconds left in the second period. Martin St. Louis started the sequence with a clean face-off win against Bryan Little, drawing the puck back to Radko Gudas, who zinged it back over the face-off dot to Thompson in front of the net.
With defenseman Grant Clitsome unable to react quickly enough, Thompson controlled the puck and snapped in his second goal of the season.
Tampa Bay had been lackluster for most of the game, but began to exert pressure on goaltender Al Montoya in the last five minutes by utilizing its speed. Alex Killorn had come closest with 2:20 left in the period but couldn't turn a long rebound into the goal.
Pace of play increased greatly early in the third period, favoring the Lightning, but by the final minutes both teams appeared most interested in scrounging a point with a tie.
Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead with 14:35 left in the first period off a deflection in the slot by Blake Wheeler. The right wing scored his seventh of the season by beating defenseman Mark Barberio to a spot in front of goaltender Anders Lindback and redirected a shot from the point by Clitsome (seventh assist). Jacob Trouba picked up his fourth assist.
Coming off a 5-2 loss to woeful Florida, the Jets controlled play early, out-shooting Tampa Bay, 15-6, in the first period. Valtteri Filppula was denied with eight minutes left when his chip on a rush glanced off the top of Montoya's helmet.
NOTES: Tampa Bay was without nine expected contributors after D Victor Hedman and D Keith Aulie were injured in a win on Thursday against Ottawa. Hedman, Tampa Bay's top defenseman (six goals, nine assists in 28 games) is expected to miss at least a week with a lower-body injury. Four of the missing Lightning -- Steven Stamkos (tibia), Tom Pyatt (collarbone), Ryan Malone (ankle) and Aulie (hand) -- have broken bones. ... The Lightning entered the game tied for the fewest home losses (three) among Eastern Conference teams. ... Winnipeg entered the game with a league-worst three power-play goals on the road. Its five short-handed goals allowed were tied for last in the league. ... Both teams started their backup goaltenders. ... Wheeler's first-period goal was the 100th of his career. ... The Lightning had failed to score on 13 consecutive power plays after going 0-for-4 in the first period.