WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday night at MTS Centre.
Right winger Matt Halischuk, signed as a free agent during the offseason, scored his first goal as a Jet in the third period to break at 2-2 tie, and captain Andrew Ladd scored midway through the final frame to give the hosts a two-goal cushion.
Centers Bryan Little and Michael Frolik also scored for the Jets (6-8-2).
Detroit (9-5-2) got goals from center Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Danny DeKeyser but saw its three-game winning streak end. The loss wrapped up an otherwise tremendous road trip through Western Canada that included victories in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
The Jets gave goalie Ondrej Pavelec the night off, and backup Al Montoya was solid, making 26 saves for his second win of the year.
Jimmy Howard was overworked in the Detroit net, stopping 43 of 47 shots.
The Jets led 1-0 through 20 minutes, and the game was tied 2-2 through two periods.
The Jets jumped ahead 3-2 early in the third period when Frolik found Halischuk all alone in the slot, and Halischuk notched his first of the season at 4:27. Rookie center Mark Scheifele picked up his second assist of the game on the go-ahead goal.
Ladd backhanded a rebound past Howard at 10:57 for his fourth goal of the year.
Little scored his club-leading eighth of the season on a breakaway with just 59 seconds left in the first period to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey slipped while turning, allowing the Jets center to fly past him and squeeze a shot through Howard's pads.
The Red Wings had a great chance to tie the game early in the second period, but Montoya stopped center Darren Helm on a short-handed breakaway after Ladd coughed up the puck and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien fell down.
Detroit finally pulled even at 7:09 when Zetterberg notched his eighth of the year, banking a shot off defenseman Grant Clitsome's skate blade.
Less than two minutes later, the visitors cashed in short-handed as DeKeyser hammered a point shot past Montoya for the first goal of his NHL career.
At 17:04 of the middle period, Frolik took a tremendous pass from Scheifele and beat Howard for his third goal of the season to tie the contest.
The Red Wings play their next three games at home, beginning with a Thursday night contest against the Dallas Stars.
The Jets head to Chicago for a game Wednesday against the Blackhawks. They return to Winnipeg for a battle with the Nashville Predators on Friday.
NOTES: The Red Wings made their first visit to Winnipeg since April 28, 1996 -- a 4-1 playoff victory and the Jets' last game before the franchise left for Phoenix. ... The Jets were without LW Evander Kane, a late scratch due to a lower-body injury. ... It took just 18 seconds for Jets RW Chris Thornburn and Red Wings RW Jordin Tootoo to engage in a spirited scrap. Tootoo, 30, was born in Churchill, a community 1,000 miles north of Winnipeg on Hudson Bay and the self-proclaimed polar bear capital of the world. ... While the Jets occupy the cellar of the Central Division, a source of strength has been their penalty killing. Coming into the game, the club was tied with the Red Wings for the 11th-best penalty-kill efficiency in the NHL at 83.6 percent. ... Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson has 47 career points in 46 games against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, though he didn't add to the total Monday. ... Ladd is tied with Buffalo LW Matt Moulson and Los Angeles C Anze Kopitar for the NHL lead in shootout goals with three this season. ... Byfuglien has the most shots on goal (52) of any player in the league without a goal this season.