AL MONTOYA'S job on Friday night?

If you've ever been the first one into the kitchen after a Christmas dinner, gravy and cranberry sauce smeared everywhere, that's kind of it.

But Montoya, the 28-year-old veteran, did a fine job of cleaning up a festive first-period mess and emerged with his sixth win of the season after the Jets won the third period for a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the MTS Centre.

Montoya entered the game at 7:04 of the first period with the tally 3-2 for the visitors. Jets coach Claude Noel made the move after the Wild put three of its first six shots past starter Ondrej Pavelec.

"I felt it was really sloppy," said Montoya, describing the kitchen he found in Friday's game. "I felt there were plays where we left Pav out to dry. We can't be doing it. If we want to be successful in this league, we can't have a good 55-minute game.

"It's got to be 60 minutes from the net on out and we know that and it's about time we do it. It's nice to see us put it together there."

Montoya made 22 saves over the final 53 or so minutes.