The Kings returned from their three-week Olympic break Wednesday in Colorado. And like most people coming back to work after a long vacation, they were a little rusty.

But they refused to knock off early and were rewarded when a tip-in by Anze Kopitar from the edge of the crease 3 minutes 13 seconds into the final period ended a tie and lifted the Kings to a wild 6-4 victory over the Avalanche.

“We could have packed it in easily and blamed it on the Olympic break, and it was the first game back and chalk it up with a couple of excuses,” Kopitar said. “But we didn't get down and we believed and we were playing hard for each other.

“And at the end of the day the result was good for us.”

Added goalie Martin Jones, who made three game-saving stops in the final 12 minutes: “It was a really, really gutsy win. A good character win.”

Robyn Regehr, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, whose six goals were the most in one game since early December.

Colorado's goals, three of them power-play goals, came from Ryan O'Reilly, P.A. Parenteau, Jamie McGinn and Andre Benoit.

But it was Kopitar's second goal of the game that stood out, and only partly because it proved to be the game winner.