By Jason Bell
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Center Mike Fisher's power-play goal early in the third period lifted the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Fisher had a goal waved off because of goalie interference just 20 seconds into the period, but then swatted in one that counted just 22 seconds after that with Jets right winger Devin Setoguchi serving a slashing penalty called late in the second.
The goal was his 14th of the season as Nashville improved to 24-23-8 and moved out of the Central Division cellar, a point ahead of Winnipeg (25-25-5).
Predators defensemen Seth Jones and Roman Josi, and left-winger Nick Spaling also scored for Nashville, while center Craig Smith added two assists.
Linemates Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Chris Thorburn replied for Winnipeg.
Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton was shaky at times but did enough to register the win, stopping 24 shots.
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves between the pipes for the Jets.
The Predators struck first at 3:38 of the opening period when Jones, their first-round pick in last summer's draft, picked up the puck in his own end, moved down the right side, circled the net and stuffed in his fifth goal of the year past Pavelec, who was slow to get over.
But just 32 seconds later, Thorburn, known more for his fisticuffs than his scoring touch, registered his first goal of the season on a nifty deflection off a Mark Stuart shot from the point.
With the teams tied at 1 to begin the middle frame, Nashville regained the lead just 42 seconds in when Josi ripped his sixth goal, applying the finishing touch on a sensational three-way passing play with forwards Craig Smith and David Legwand that had Pavelec going the wrong way.
The visitors went ahead by a pair at 17:18 when Spaling, left all alone in front of the net, took a perfect feed from Paul Gaustad and notched his 10th of the season.
The goal seemed to slap some sense into the listless Jets, who scored two ugly ones in just 82 seconds to even the game at 3.
Standing just to the side of the post, Scheifele banked the puck off Josi's skate for his 11th goal of his rookie season. Just 27 seconds later, Wheeler scored his club-leading 22nd marker, hammering a shot that slipped through Hutton's glove, fell down and rolled into the net.
Fisher's winner was the only goal of the final period.
NOTES: The Jets played Tuesday night without LW Evander Kane, whose right hand is swollen up like an oven mitt due to an infection. He will be sidelined at least until after the Olympic break ends in late February. Kane missed four games after slicing his knuckle open during a scrap with Tampa Bay D Eric Brewer on Jan. 7. He returned a week ago, scoring once and setting up three other goals in four games, but was forced out again. ... Barry Trotz, the only head coach in Predators history and tops on the NHL's active coaching seniority list, hails from Dauphin, Manitoba, a town about 200 miles northwest of Winnipeg. ... The Jets wore commemorative No. 11 Rick Rypien jerseys during their warm-up skate as part of Let's Talk Day, to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues in Canada. Rypien, who played in the NHL from 2005 to 2011, struggled with depression and, shortly after signing with Winnipeg in 2011, committed suicide. He was 27. ... Shea Weber entered the game with the league lead in goals by a defenseman (13). The Predators were 10-1-2 when their captain scored.