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The Associated Press

A few days on the job, and Paul Maurice appears to have revitalized the Winnipeg Jets.

Hoping to remain undefeated under their new coach, the Jets try to extend the Edmonton Oilers' season-high road skid to seven games Saturday.

Winnipeg (21-23-5) was outscored 24-14 and searching for answers during a season-high five-game slide that led to the firing of coach Claude Noel on Sunday. A night later with Maurice behind the bench, the Jets won 5-1 over Phoenix at home then followed with a 5-2 victory at Calgary on Thursday.

"We just have to keep focusing on what we're doing and getting better every game and having a short memory is going to be good for us," said rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba, who scored his fifth goal Thursday. "Forget about the game we just played and treat every game as a new one and be ready to play."

Maurice's up-tempo style on the ice and no-nonsense approach in the locker room has played well during its infancy in Winnipeg.

"He's been really good for us," said forward Mark Scheifele, who has two goals and four assists in five games. "He's really instilled a mindset that we're playing for each guy in the locker room, you're playing for the guy beside you. I think that's the big thing, we've really been doing that the last two games."

While goals have been frequent under Maurice, the Jets yielded 41 shots total to Phoenix and Calgary after giving up an average of 30.1 while dropping seven of the previous 10 contests.

"You're asking them to do hard things and things that at times put them in harm's way and practice harder and do those things," Maurice told the NHL's official website. "These guys want to win. They're no different than anybody else. They're willing to do what you ask them to do and having a little bit of success just reinforces some of their hard work."

Winnipeg would appear to be in good position to continue its recent success while facing Edmonton (15-30-5), which last dropped seven straight away from home during an 0-7-1 slide Jan. 3-Feb. 8, 2012.

Last in the Western Conference, Edmonton has allowed a league-high 176 non-shootout goals and been outscored 28-12 over the last six road contests. It fell to 0-3-0 on a four-game trip after Thursday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota.

Jordan Eberle tied the game early in the second, but the Wild scored twice late in the period to take control. The Oilers have been outscored 14-5 over the final two periods in their last five road games.

"It's an even game and now you're down by two," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "I feel like a broken record sometimes, but you just start chasing the game again."

Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in his first game since the Oilers acquired him from Los Angeles a day earlier. Forward Matt Hendricks also made his Edmonton debut after he was acquired from Nashville for goaltender Devan Dubnyk, also on Wednesday.

Eberle recorded a goal and two assists as the Oilers split the previous two meetings this season with Winnipeg - both at home.

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has five goals and 11 assists in his last 16 contests, and three with six assists during a six-game point streak versus Edmonton.

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