It may not have been an offensive explosion but the Bruins, who’d been struggling to put the puck in the net, did just enough to get the job done.

An early third-period goal and it served as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.

The Bruins took their first lead of the game 36 seconds into the third period on the power play. Brad Marchand had drawn a tripping call on Ron Hainsey just nine seconds after Marchand broke in alone on a set play off the opening faceoff. On the man advantage, Marchand took a short feed from Patrice Bergeron and beat Ondrej Pavelec on a backhander to make it 3-2.

The B’s then hung on in the final seconds with Pavelec pulled.

With the absence of Milan Lucic, the B’s went into the game with three new lines. Rich Peverley jumped up to fill Lucic’s spot with David Krejci and Nathan Horton, Danie Paille moved up to skate with Chris Kelly and Chris Bourque, and Jay Pandolfo made his Bruin debut on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

“I think I don’t want to change too much. I want to keep creating chances with my speed and battles in the corners,” said Paille. “For me it’s going to be about keeping it simpler. I’ve felt really good the last few games since I’ve been back and I just really want to capitalize and help them improve as well.”

And Paille’s line did a have couple of scoring chances early off the stick of Bourque, but they couldn’t beat Pavelec. Bourque would later block a shot with his right hand, but he didn’t miss a shift.

The B’s, who outshot the Jets 9-5 in the first period, had the better chances early, then the Jets turned it up later in the period during and after they got a power-play on a Thornton cross-check. Jet forward James Wright, who would later drill Zdeno Chara into the boards on a questionable non-call, had a wide open net on the left side but missed it.

The Jets also had a good looking breakout going when they had a 3-on-2 and Chara without a stick, but Tyler Seguin made a nice backcheck, diving to break up the play.

The hosts, who were having even bigger problems than the Bruins in the scoring department, got on the board first at 1:43 of the second.