NHL

Mathieu Perreault has goal, 3 assists; Jets hold off Blue Jackets for 6-4 win

  • Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Bryan Little (18) celebrate as Dustin Byfuglien's (33) shot from the point beats Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Curtis McElhinney (30) as David Savard (58) and Jack Johnson (7) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Bryan Little (18) celebrate as Dustin Byfuglien's (33) shot from the point beats Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Curtis McElhinney (30) as David Savard (58) and Jack Johnson (7) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Saad (20) celebrates as Boone Jenner's (38) shot beats Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (30)  as Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33), Bryan Little (18) and Andrew Ladd (16) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Saad (20) celebrates as Boone Jenner's (38) shot beats Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (30) as Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33), Bryan Little (18) and Andrew Ladd (16) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Bryan Little (18) look on as Dustin Byfuglien's (33) shot from the point beats Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Curtis McElhinney (30) as David Savard (58) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Bryan Little (18) look on as Dustin Byfuglien's (33) shot from the point beats Columbus Blue Jackets' goaltender Curtis McElhinney (30) as David Savard (58) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Mathieu Perrault had a goal and three assists, Dustin Byfuglien and Drew Stafford each had a goal and two assists and the Winnipeg Jets held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 on Thursday night.

Rookie Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves and improved to 4-0-0.

Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg. Bryan Little had a pair of assists and Scheifele also had one.

Cam Atkinson scored consecutive goals to pull Columbus within 5-4 in the third period before Wheeler scored into an empty net. Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell each added their 12th goals of the season, and Alexander Wennberg had three assists.

Curtis McElhinney stopped 29 shots for Columbus and fell to 0-5-1. McElhinney started in place of Sergei Bobrovsky, who suffered a groin strain on Tuesday and is expected to be out three weeks.