Both the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets entered Sunday’s game at Scotiabank Place coming off emotional road wins 24 hours earlier, so there was a good chance one of the squads would suffer a St. Patrick’s Day hangover.

Turns out it was the visitors.

The Senators pounced on a listless Winnipeg group early, riding first period goals by Guillaume Latendresse and Jakob Silfverberg to an eventual 4-1 victory in front of their green-clad fans.

Robin Lehner needed just 25 saves for his second win of the season, a nice change of pace for a goaltender who’d faced an average of 39 shots per game in his five previous starts this season.

Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec was much busier at the other end, facing 42 shots — including 19 in the first period alone.

While it looked like the Senators would enjoy a relatively worry-free evening after building their early lead, Zach Bogosian made things interesting with a one-timed point shot at 3:26 of the third period to cut Ottawa’s lead in half.

It was as close as the Jets would get. The turning point came about six minutes later, when Lehner slid cross-crease to rob sniper Evander Kane on a two-on-one. Instead of having to digest a blown lead, the Senators escaped with nothing more than a scary wake-up call.

They heard it. On their next power play, Kyle Turris finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play to put Ottawa up 3-1 and Silfverberg roofed a second goal over Pavelec to put the game away.

The Senators had the kind of fast, aggressive and ultimately successful start coaches dream about.