Desperate measures... meet your Winnipeg Jets. And Jets fans, meet your new power forward -- Dustin Byfuglien.

It might be temporary, it might be permanent -- Claude Noel isn't sure yet -- but the Jets coach made the dramatic move of moving Byfuglien from defence to right wing in Tuesday's loss in an attempt to jumpstart an attack that is flat-lining. Byfuglien played wing on the team's top line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd while Blake Wheeler moved onto a unit with Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen.

The move didn't result in any goals, but could carry over to Thursday's game in Montreal.

"I was just trying to get something going," Noel said. "When you look at the way the game was going and the way we were playing with the lines... it was a difficult task. There was no cohesiveness whatsoever. It was hard to find guys that I could put out there so we had to try to generate something. Quite frankly, I thought he played quite well up front for not having played there and such a short notice. We didn't end up winning the game, but I thought he gave us a chance.

"We've got to win games. I'll determine (whether Byfuglien will remain up front) later, I'm not going to determine that tonight. We'll see how it goes. But we've got to win games, that's the bottom line and that's what our task has been for some time."

All of this isn't new to Byfuglien, of course. He was a dominant force at forward in the Chicago Blackhawks' run to a Stanley Cup in 2009-10.

"Coach just came up and said you're going up to forward," said Byfuglien. "I'll do whatever I have to do to help this team out."