“I felt safe with him,” Maurice said.
Ekman-Larsson gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead during a power play at 12:16, but the Coyotes didn’t have much time to celebrate.
“They did the one thing that we had talked about,” Maurice said. “That when adversity came to the door, that next goal was huge.”
Jokinen batted a behind-the-net pass from Dustin Byfuglien past Mike Smith at 12:52 to tie it, and O’Dell scored his second of the season when he dashed in to snap in another shot at 18:00.
With the help of four power-play opportunities, the Jets outshot Phoenix 12-7 in the first period, but both of their goals were scored at even strength. Winnipeg’s power play is ranked 25th in the NHL.
The Jets kept up the pressure in the second until Wheeler backhanded Mark Scheifele’s rebound past Smith to make it 3-1. At the halfway mark of the period the Jets had outshot Phoenix 9-1.
Fans responded with cheers for the intensity the Jets brought to the game instead of the boos that have rained down on the team after some of their more lackluster recent efforts.
Frolik made it 4-1 at 4:18 of the third when his angled shot beat Smith’s glove.
Winnipeg’s power play continued to struggle until midway through the third when Setoguchi dropped to one knee as he slammed a shot past Smith. Byfuglien earned his second assist of the night.
“We did a good job of being ready tonight and playing the right way,” captain Andrew Ladd said. “I thought we did a good job of getting a lot of pucks to the net and keeping it simple.”
Setoguchi, who broke a goal drought that stretched back to Dec. 2, couldn’t say whether the coaching change made the difference.
“I think everyone’s work ethic was there, and that’s what gave us a chance to win the game,” he said.
NOTES: This was only the third time the new Jets have played the old Jets since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg. The teams will meet two more times now that they are both members of the Western Conference.