The humour isn't likely to last but the Winnipeg Jets broke out of their six-game losing streak with a laugher on Sunday night at the MTS Centre.

The Jets hit a brief speed bump in the first period -- two Dallas goals in 37 seconds gave the visitors a 2-1 lead -- but revved their engines hard and kept right on going down the road in a 7-2 trouncing of the Stars before 15,004 happy customers.

It was the largest offensive outburst of the season for the Jets, who have struggled recently to exceed two goals on most nights. Their last "laugher" of any sort was two months ago to the day in Calgary, an eventual 5-2 win.

More importantly, the surplus was an emphatic end to their 0-3-3 slide and kept alive talk of the Western Conference playoff race.
The Jets, now with 71 points, pulled to within four of the Stars, who hold the eighth and final playoff position today. Between the teams are the Phoenix Coyotes, also at 75, and the Vancouver Canucks, at 72.

"I feel like the last couple of games we've been having our chances," said Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom, who had a goal and two assists. "Today's just a day where we took care of the chances we had and scored some goals. I think it was good for the team."
Goals by Michael Frolik and Enstrom, on a gritty, persistent setup by Wheeler -- one of the big winger's four assists on the night -- launched the home team into the lead before the end of the first period, and then Olli Jokinen scored just 29 seconds into the second to reveal the plot for the rest of the night.