WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets nearly experienced a malfunction, but recovered to boost their winning run to three games.
Two nights after dealing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-2 loss, the Jets needed a late comeback and Evander Kane overtime goal to get past the visiting New York Islanders by a 5-4 final at the MTS Centre on Sunday night.
Kane's winner came on an Olli Jokinen rebound 1:59 into overtime, boosting Winnipeg's record to 3-1-1 and giving Jokinen his first point with the Jets. New York fell to 2-2-1.
Jets goaltender Al Montoya, making his first start as a Jet since leaving the Islanders via free agency in the summer, made 21 saves.
After a relatively quiet 40 minutes resulted in a 2-1 Jets lead, the floodgates opened in the third as the teams combined for five goals. New York got the first three to take a 4-2 lead midway through the third.
"It was wild," said Montoya. "I looked up and three goals were by. This team battled back and it showed some resilience.
"We could have folded up there, but we didn't."
In addition to Montoya's debut, it was a night of other firsts for the Jets as Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan Little, and Alexander Burmistrov each tallied their first goals of the season. Burmistrov's tally evened the game with 5:56 remaining in the third, while for Ponikarovsky, his first-period tap-in was his first point in Jet colors since leaving the New Jersey Devils as a free agent.
Burmistrov's game-knotter came 65 seconds after a Dustin Byfuglien shot from the point, his third score in as many home games for Winnipeg, got past Nabokov with Islander David Ullstrom in the box.
"We got away from our game a little bit in the beginning of the third," said Ponikarovsky. "We got in trouble, then got two goals down.
"Everybody was staying positive and everybody knew we can get it back."
Playing behind a defense corps that can get caught thinking offensively, Montoya said those in front of him held down the fort.
"They did an unbelievable job in the D-zone. They communicate unreal," he said. "For me, it was fairly easy."
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said his side "didn't play hockey in the first." The team's three penalties in the opening frame didn't sit well with him.
"We were down three or four power-plays right off the bat, so that changed the momentum," said Capuano. "We could have been down a lot more than a goal (after two)."
New York had taken an early lead as David Ullstrom scored 2:34 into the game. John Tavares got the Islanders kick-started in the third, scoring 22 seconds into the frame and later assisting on Matt Moulson and Mark Streit markers.
NOTES: Jets starting goaltender Al Montoya, playing his first game since leaving the Islanders through free agency in the off-season, was 18-16-10 in two seasons on Long Island. ... The Islanders won both games at MTS Centre and three of four matchups against the Jets overall in 2011-12, including one overtime win. ... With a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Jets' first home win of the season has come at the Penguins' expense in both seasons since the team moved from Atlanta. Winnipeg picked up its first home win, and its first triumph since the relocation, beating Pittsburgh 2-1 on Oct. 17, 2011. ... The game ended a two-game home stand for Winnipeg, who will play the Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning on its upcoming three-game road trip. ... The game marked the middle of a five-game road trip for the Islanders, who started off with a 7-4 win over Toronto on Thursday and a 4-2 loss to Boston on Friday. They'll wrap the trip with games at Pittsburgh and New Jersey.