Some Winnipeg Jets fans are hopeful new head coach Paul Maurice can turn the team's fortunes around, especially after the Jets' big win Monday night.
The home team downed the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 5-1 at the MTS Centre, snapping a five-game losing streak that led to Claude Noel's firing as head coach — and Maurice's hiring as his replacement — over the weekend.
Fans jumped to their feet to give a standing ovation in the final moments of the game.
Zenon Dzwonyk said he noticed "a little more jump in the players' step tonight, trying to impress the new coach."
Fans like Bryan McFadden said he will renew his Jets season tickets this summer, despite the team's less-than-stellar record lately.
"There's no chance we'd ever let the tickets go," he said. "We're die-hard Jets fans, always will be. Doesn't matter who's coaching."
At the same time, McFadden admitted that it had been getting more difficult to sell his tickets when he couldn't make it to a game.
"The honeymoon's a little bit over. People don't want to go see a losing team," he said.
But Scott Larson, who also plans to renew his season tickets, said he and other die-hard fans will not give up on the team.
"We're going to stick with the team through thick and thin," he said. "We're a little thin right now, but we'll get thick again."