WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal with just over three minutes left in the game to lift the Blues to a 2-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
With defenseman Dustin Byfuglien off for hooking, Shattenkirk stepped into a shot from the point that bounced off Jets center Bryan Little and beat goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for his third goal of the year.
St. Louis improved to 20-6-3, while Winnipeg fell to 14-14-3.
Seventeen days after playing their last game at home, the Jets didn't exactly fly out of the gate for their fans. Despite outshooting St. Louis 8-2 in the opening frame, the hosts put in a rather listless effort and failed to really test Blues starting goalie Brian Elliott.
St. Louis had the best chance of the first period when right winger Vladimir Tarasenko stepped out from behind the net and flipped a shot over Pavelec but off the crossbar.
In the second period, Alexander Steen's 21st goal of the season gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 4:44, but it wasn't exactly a masterpiece. After chasing the puck into the corner, the shifty left winger simply threw the puck toward Pavelec, and it caromed off the goalie's back and bounced in.
The Blues nearly added to their lead with just 40 seconds left in the middle frame on a 3-on-1, but Pavelec stopped right winger Chris Stewart's blast to keep it a one-goal game.
Winnipeg's anemic power play, dead last in the league, connected early in the third period. Little ripped his 13th goal of the season and first in eight games three minutes into the third with left winger Vladimir Sobotka in the box for tripping.
The Blues had a power play of their own just over a minute later when right winger Blake Wheeler got nailed for tripping. Stewart had the best scoring opportunity, but clanking a wrist shot off the crossbar.
With the score tied at 1 and just under eight minutes left in regulation time, Pavelec flashed his mitt to snare a hard shot from Sobokta, who was left all alone in the slot. He also left center Patrik Berglund shaking his head with a brilliant stop on the next faceoff.
The Blues kept pressing and Byfuglien was nabbed by the officials for hooking. Shattenkirk's drive bounced off a sliding Little and found the back of the net with just 3:02 left.
Elliott finished with 20 saves, while Pavelec had 19 stops.
Jets left-winger Evander Kane missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury but could return Thursday when the Colorado Avalanche visit.
The Blues host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
NOTES: The game was the first for the Jets at the MTS Centre since Nov. 23, as the club had to vacate the rink for the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. The time away was productive as Winnipeg went 4-2 on a six-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Jets' penalty kill was nearly impeccable on the road swing, successfully defending 16 of 17 short-handed situations. The strong stretch moved the club from 17th in the NHL to 12th (83.8 percent) on the penalty kill. ... Missing from the Blues' lineup Tuesday was RW Ryan Reaves, a Winnipeg native, out for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand late last month. He was injured in a fight with Dallas Stars D Brenden Dillon on Nov. 23. ... St. Louis LW Alexander Steen, also raised in Winnipeg, potted three of his 20 goals in two previous matchups with the Jets this season. ... Jets RW Blake Wheeler snapped a 14-game scoring drought when he scored his sixth of the season, an empty-netter, Dec. 2 in a win over the Rangers. The goal sparked a three-game point streak for the product of Plymouth, Minn. ... G Al Montoya has been solid in spot duty behind Winnipeg's usual starter, Ondrej Pavelec. He won a pair of games on the recent road trip and now has a 4-2-1 record, .922 save percentage, and 2.23 goals-against-average.