The Winnipeg Jets needed a big lift after a disappointing start to the season.
Kyle Wellwood provided one just seconds after the opening faceoff.
Wellwood scored eight seconds into the game and the Jets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Monday for their first regular-season victory.
“That was exciting,” said Wellwood, adding it was the quickest goal he’s scored at any level of his career.
“Certainly, to get a break like that early in the game and being able to capitalize is one that you’re really going to enjoy.”
Wellwood tied former Atlanta Thrasher Ron Petrovicky for the franchise’s fastest goal.
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Colorado 3 Toronto 2 (OT); Edmonton 3 Nashville 1; Florida 7 Tampa Bay 4; and Anaheim 3 San Jose 2.
At Winnipeg, Tanner Glass also scored for the Jets (1-3-0) while Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots.
“I know, and everybody knows, I didn’t play well our first games so I was trying to help the team to get the win and keep them in the game,” Pavelec said.
Pavelec had two of Winnipeg’s three losses this season, but he looked sharper Monday against the Penguins, who were missing top forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
“It was a big game for us tonight against a great team,” Pavelec said.
“They missed two of their best guys, but they still were a danger and they have a lot of guys who can score the goals. I’m happy we showed tonight we can beat those teams. That’s very important, but now we go on the road. It’s only one game so don’t be too excited.”
Alex Burmistrov added two assists for Winnipeg.
Heading into the game, Winnipeg was one of three winless NHL teams. The other two, the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, were idle Monday.
Pavelec got a bit of breathing room early in the game when Wellwood’s quick goal sent the capacity crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre into a frenzy.
Zbynek Michalek had the only goal for Pittsburgh, which got 32 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.
Pittsburgh has lost two in a row and dropped to 3-2-2.
“It was about being ready to start this game,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said.
“(The Jets) brought exactly what we thought they would bring. It was an emotional building and they had a fast quick start for them.
“We knew they wanted to come out and play that way and they certainly did and got the better of us.”
The Penguins continue their busy schedule with a game Tuesday in Minnesota against the Wild. Pittsburgh has 13 games in 24 days to start the season.
Winnipeg faces the Leafs in Toronto Wednesday and then heads to Ottawa for a Thursday game the Senators.
Winnipeg went up 2-0 with just over a minute left in the first period when Burmistrov stole the puck from defenceman Kris Letang along the boards.
Burmistrov sent the puck over to Glass in the high slot and he fired it through the legs of a screened Fleury.
Pittsburgh finally got one past Pavelec with 1:38 left in the second period when Michalek scored from just inside the blue-line.
Letang assisted on the goal, giving him seven points this season, including one goal. Prior to the game, Letang was tied with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson for most points by a defenceman.
Pittsburgh was without forwards Malkin (knee) and Tyler Kennedy (concussion-like symptoms). Crosby (concussion) stayed home as he continues his recovery.
Winnipeg was missing winger Evander Kane with a lower-body injury. Defenceman Ron Hainsey left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.
Avalanche 3 Maple Leafs 2 (OT)
At Toronto, David Jones scored 1:11 into overtime to as Colorado beat the Maple Leafs and finished a perfect 5-0 road trip.
Oilers 3 Predators 1
At Edmonton, Ryan Smyth scored the winning goal and added an assist as the Oilers rallied with three goals in the third period to beat Nashville.
Panthers 7 Lightning 4
At Tampa, Fla., Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss both had two goals and two assists, defenceman Brian Campbell had four assists, and Florida beat the Lightning.
Ducks 3 Sharks2
At San Jose, Calif., Teemu Selanne scored a pair of first-period goals and Anaheim held off the Sharks 3-2 in its best start since its Stanley Cup-winning season five years ago.