WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Bryan Little scored the go-ahead in the second period and the Winnipeg Jets earned a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Winnipeg has 56 points, winning its first home game after a 2-4 road trip.
The Maple Leafs are seventh in the conference, one point ahead of Ottawa. Toronto had won three games in a row and lost only one in its previous six coming into Winnipeg.
Chris Thorburn also scored for the Jets.
Phil Kessel scored his 30th goal of the season for the Maple Leafs.
Kessel opened the scoring when he coasted smoothly around Winnipeg defenseman Tobias Enstrom to slip his shot past Ondrej Pavelec at 11:06 of the first period.
Winnipeg tied it as Thorburn scored his second of the season at 14:16.
Thorburn flipped a solid backhand past Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
The Jets went ahead at 9:47 of the second period.
Gustavsson made a great save to keep Blake Wheeler, but Little slammed in the rebound to give Wheeler a team-leading 26 assists.
Pavelec made 17 saves for the Jets, while Gustavsson stopped 27 shots for the Leafs.
Notes: The Leafs lost their first game in Winnipeg 3-2 on Dec. 31. In that game, Antti Miettinen had two of the three assists he has managed since donning a Jets uniform. ... Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian left the game clutching his wrist early in the second, but returned later in the period.