NEWS
02/19/2012 11:03 EST | Updated 04/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Bryan Little scores twice as Winnipeg Jets roll over Colorado Avalanche 5-1

WINNIPEG - Bryan Little scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec made 31 saves as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Sunday night for their third straight win.

The Jets, playing the second of eight straight games at home, pulled into an eighth-place tie in the Eastern Conference with Toronto and within one point of Southeast Division-leading Florida.

Blake Wheeler had four assists for the Jets (29-26-6), who took control of the game with goals by Evander Kane and Little early in the second period.

Kyle Wellwood and Andrew Ladd added goals for Winnipeg, while rookie Gabriel Landeskog scored the lone Colorado (29-27-4) marker.

The Jets moved to 18-9-2 in the always-raucous MTS Centre, and have stated that the current home stand will likely determine their playoff fate.

Kane beat Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov with a quick backhander through traffic from the left circle for his team-leading 22nd goal.

Little was the recipient of a gift from defenceman Erik Johnson, whose blind clearing attempt gave the Winnipeg centre a wide-open net to shoot at for his 17th goal of the season at 3:30.

Landeskog beat Pavelec low to the blocker side for his 15th goal of the season on his third good scoring chance of a Colorado power play.

But the Jets restored their two-goal lead only 46 seconds later when Kane's high shot ricocheted off the glass and Wellwood jammed it into the Colorado net.

Pavelec was as sharp as he was busy in the second period, stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced.

Varlamov finished with 20 saves.

Ladd and Little scored power-play goals in the third period to cap the scoring.

Notes: Forward Eric Fehr returned to the Winnipeg lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last four games. Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian sat out his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. ... Avalanche forward Matt Duchene returned to the lineup after missing 20 games with a knee injury.