Winnipeg coach Claude Noel warned against putting undue emphasis on this game.

He did not believe that any serious conclusions should be drawn from it, regardless of who his team was facing or how it fared.

The time, he insisted, simply was not right for such things.

"It's too early to have this as a measuring-stick game," Noel said after the Jets' game-day skate Friday.

His position was understandable, considering that the season is just a week old, but Noel might have been tempted to recant -- or, at least, rethink -- his stance after Winnipeg's 4-2 victory against the Penguins at the MTS Centre Friday night.