Defenceman Josh Morrissey says the Winnipeg Jets have returned better from the All-Star break and understand how important every point is in the race for a Stanley Cup playoff place.
The Jets, 66/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have won back-to-back games, 6-3 on Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild and 5-3 over the Seattle Kraken on Thursday.
Since returning from the All-Star break, the Jets have collected five points from a possible eight going 2-1-1.
With a 22-18-8 season record, Winnipeg sit sixth in the Central Division but have their eyes firmly set on a playoff wild card spot, which they are three points back from.
The 26-year-old Morrissey is in a sixth season with the Jets after being drafted in the first-round, 13th overall in the 2013 NHL draft.
In 45 games this season, the offensive minded blue-liner has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists).
Winnipeg and Morrissey have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four NHL seasons.
Most recently, they swept the Edmonton Oilers in the first-round before being swept themselves by the Montreal Canadiens who went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
The current season has been a turbulent one for the Jets who received the resignation of coach Paul Maurice on 17th December.
The 54-year-old was in a ninth season with Winnipeg. Assistant David Lowry was promoted from assistant coach and is leading the charge to reach the playoffs again on an interim basis.
Morrissey said to the media: "We know where we're at in the standings, and we need points and wins right now. I've liked where our game has been at since we've come back from the break, for the most part."