ST. LOUIS -- Barret Jackman's long-shot goal with 1:03 remaining in the third period enabled the St. Louis Blues to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Tuesday.
Jackman shot the puck from just inside the red line, and it somehow fooled Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec to give the Blues a win after the Jets rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to tie the game.
The Blues (42-19-5, 89 points) trail the Nashville Predators by two points for first place in the Central Division and have two games in hand.
St. Louis scored goals on four consecutive shots in the first and second periods.
The "STL Line" had six points, giving it 17 in the past four games. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for the Blues, and Brian Elliott made 12 saves.
The Jets (33-22-12, 78 points) entered the game three points in front of the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference; the Kings played at the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. It was the second of a four-game trip for the Jets, who won Saturday at Nashville.
Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist, and Michael Frolik, Lee Stempniak and Blake Wheeler also scored. Michael Hutchinson, who started in goal, was pulled from the game after giving up four goals on seven shots; Pavelec made 19 saves in relief.
The Jets, who were 0-17-4 when trailing after two periods, scored three unanswered goals in the third to pull even at 4-4.
Ladd and Stempniak scored 11 seconds apart early in the period to make it 4-3. Ladd's power-play goal at 1:34 ended the Blues' streak of 17 straight kills, and Stempniak took an Adam Lowry pass and beat Elliott under the crossbar at 1:45.
The Jets tied it 4-4 on Wheeler's shorthanded goal, a slap shot from the high slot that beat Elliott high to the glove side with 5:28 left.
Frolik opened the scoring and extended his point streak to seven games with his 16th of the season off a flip pass from Ladd. Frolik beat Jori Lehtera to the puck and took a wrist shot that beat Elliott five-hole 8:50 into the game for a 1-0 lead.
It was the ninth straight game in which the Blues have allowed the first goal.
Schwartz tied it 1-1 on the power play with his 23rd of the season after Tarasenko kept a play alive at the blue line on a clearing attempt. He fed Pietrangelo, who in turn gave Schwartz a backhand pass. Schwartz's wrist shot caromed off Hutchinson's left arm and into the net with 5:40 remaining in the period.
The Blues scored in their first three shots in the second. Tarasenko scored his 33rd on a near-side wrist shot 31 seconds into the period to make it 2-1. Steve Ott's third of the season, after a nifty backhand pass from David Backes into the slot, beat Hutchinson high glove side at 10:08, and Lehtera scored 1:01 later to make it 4-1 off a tic-tac-toe passing play that began with Tarasenko's backhand stretch pass to Pietrangelo; he found Schwartz, who fed Lehtera in front for a wide-open tap-in to end Hutchinson's night.