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Winnipeg Jets Show Fighting Spirit in OT Win vs. Edmonton Oilers

Bruce Fedyck – USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets played an all-Canadian contest against the Edmonton Oilers at the MTS Centre, and it’s safe to say that they didn’t disappoint their fans with their performance.

After coming from behind, the Jets turned the game around in the third period, and despite suffering a late goal that sent everything to overtime, the Jets carried the momentum and came away with two vital points after a 3-2 win.

The hero of the afternoon for Winnipeg was rookie defensemen Jacob Trouba who scored twice for the Jets and was quite effective on both ends of the ice. In addition to his natural toughness on the blue line, Trouba showed the knack for scoring he has displayed all season long and came up big for the Jets right when his team needed him.

Following a first-period goal from Jordan Eberle, Trouba tied the game with a shorthanded goal early in the second; and later in overtime, he tipped in the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Jets a huge win that should boost their confidence toward the second part of the season.

It seems like a whole different team after the Jets changed their head coach, and while there are still ways to go before having the chance to compete for a playoff spot, performances like today’s are surely encouraging looking toward the future. The Jets are still 10 points away from a playoff berth and on the basement of the Central Division in the Western Conference, but they can’t stop fighting until the season is over.

And judging on what they showed today, they have plenty left in the tank to keep battling for a playoff berth.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.