04/20/2015 19:30 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

Jets fans embrace return of NHL playoffs to Winnipeg after 19 year absence

WINNIPEG - The first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg in 19 years was all many city residents could talk about Monday.Corporate offices relaxed dress codes to allow for Jets jerseys, people on the street wore all-white clothing in honour of the team's Whiteout playoff gear.After a long absence, the return of playoff hockey felt to some both like a joy and a relief."My kids are pumped. Friends, family, everyone," said Scott Furman outside MTS Centre before the game."I already have a stomach ache. It's nerve-racking, " laughed Lindsey Anderson."I don't think I've been able to talk about anything else all day."Mother Nature appeared to co-operate with the team's Whiteout concept. Strong winds and flurries made for blustery conditions around the downtown arena. A few brave souls rallied at a nearby street corner, doing calisthenics to stay warm.Fans did not seem to mind the fact the Jets entered the game down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Considering many people had written off the Jets' playoff chances, the chance to watch a post-season game was reason enough to celebrate."I never got to go (to the original Jets franchise's playoff games). My family couldn't afford to go at that point, so it's kind of special to be able to go now," said Marshall Kirton."I just don't want them to lose tonight," Anderson said."Winnipeg has been partying for two weeks (since the Jets qualified for the playoffs). This has been a long pre-game party."