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Blue Jackets top Jets 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — After the first period Saturday night, Columbus coach Todd Richards said he talked to his players after the disappointing opening 20 minutes.

"Once we talked about things after the first period, obviously our focus and our attitude changed and we came out and started skating, pursuing pucks," Richards said.

"We were willing to do the work, we weren't waiting for our teammate to do the work. I think each guy took it upon themselves, that 'this is what I need to do. I need to skate and work.'"

Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each scored twice and the Blue Jackets had four straight goals in the first nine minutes of the second period of a 6-3 win over Winnipeg.

Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno also scored, while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves and Columbus won its third straight game.

"We believe in ourselves in here and we know when we play the way that we can, things will go our way and we've just got to keep focused on that," Jenner said.

James Wisniewski and Derek MacKenzie each had a pair of assists for Columbus.

Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd was the first to criticize himself after the loss that had fans booing the Jets off the ice.

"I'll take full responsibility for my play. I was awful tonight," Ladd said.

"For a team struggling, probably looking for leaders, I wasn't very good so I need to be a lot better and I will be going forward."

The loss put the Jets on a season-high five-game losing streak after the Blue Jackets capitalized on Winnipeg mistakes and breakdowns — some coach Claude Noel said he'd never seen this season.

"It's not easy right now. I mean, it's tough to stay positive," said Jets center Bryan Little, who had a goal and assist.

"It's kind of hurting everyone's confidence right now. You know, the fans get on you. I mean, it's not easy. It's a difficult time that we're trying to get through."

Ondrej Pavelec faced 26 shots for Winnipeg, which also got goals from Eric O'Dell, his first NHL goal, and Toby Enstrom.

"Right now, adversity is really the enemy and we're not dealing with it very well, and we're trying to deal with it," Noel said. "There's going to be no easy way to get out of it."

The second period was especially puzzling for the Jets.

"The game certainly unraveled in the second period on mistakes that were stuff that I've never seen before," Noel said.

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