It was crystal clear from his play in the third period and from the smile on his face after Friday's game that Mark Scheifele belongs at centre and not on the wing.

The Jets coaching staff put Scheifele on the wing to start the season, and all it did was result in poor play and four consecutive games in the press box for the 19-year-old.

Sure, the Tampa Bay Lightning eased up in the final frame while nursing a 6-0 lead on Friday night, but Scheifele was on the ice for all three of Winnipeg's goals in the final frame, including two on the power play, and had plenty of pep in his step.

"It took a little bit to get a little more comfortable with it, but I was pretty happy when I got there and I showed I can continue to build off that," Scheifele said.

The Kitchener, Ont., native has played four games for the Jets, which means he can suit up one more time without activating the first year of his NHL contract. If the Jets want to preserve that first year, they will return him to the OHL's Barrie Colts.