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Jets 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

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WINNIPEG -- Sometimes a win comes at the most unexpected of times.

As a late-game Winnipeg power play wound down in overtime, Bryan Little ended the team's three-game losing streak with just 16 second left, lifting the Jets to a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Just moments earlier, the crowd of 15,003 was booing the locals as the power play actually generated more chances for the Panthers.

Little created some separation in the Florida end and ripped home a wrist shot after taking a pass from Zach Redmond.

The Jets' attack, if you can call it that, was sporadic. Winnipeg had three shots in the first period, 14 in the second, two in the third and two more in overtime.

Winnipeg's much-criticized penalty-killing unit, however, came up big when it mattered, erasing a third-period minor to Jim Slater, a regular on the PK. The Panthers killed off a penalty late in the period, setting the stage for overtime.

The Panthers opened the scoring at 18:12 of the first period when Jonathan Huberdeau banged home his third of the season on a rebound after Drew Shore undressed Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom.

Blake Wheeler evened things less than three minutes into the second period with a slap shot down the right wing after receiving a breakout pass at the Florida blue line from Enstrom.

The assist was Enstrom's 10th on the season, as he retained his scoring lead among NHL defensemen with 12 points.

The Panthers went back on top just over a minute later on Tomas Fleischmann's third goal of the season. The Jets tied it up again at the 12:21 mark of the second period on a nice tip-in by Mark Stuart.

NOTES: The Jets had five separate three-game losing streaks last year. They were 4-1-0 in the following game. ... The Jets didn't register their first shot on goal until 13:52 mark of the first period. ... Winnipeg workhorse defenseman Dustin Byfuglien didn't dress for the third consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury. ... Tuesday's game was the second for Olli Jokinen in a Jets uniform against the Panthers. The Finn played 567 games for Florida from 2000-08 and was captain for his final three seasons there. ... The Panthers were without Scottie Upshall (lower body), Ed Jovanovski (lower body) and Michael Caruso (upper body)... Coming into the game, the Panthers were 30-30-5-10 against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise. ... Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Paul LaPolice was spotted in the crowd. ... Panthers right wing Alex Kovalev began the night with 598 assists in his career, sixth among active players. ... Panthers center Peter Mueller came into the night on a four-game goal-scoring streak. He had no points against the Jets. ... Safeway Canada continues to be in little danger of paying out a $1 million prize to a lucky fan if one Jets player scores five goals in a single game. Since returning to Winnipeg last season, no player has even managed a hat trick. Only two members of Jets 1.0, Willy Lindstrom and Alexei Zhamnov, had five-goal games.

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