The Winnipeg Jets are gearing up for an NHL playoff push as the team takes to the ice for its first game after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The home team is taking on the Phoenix Coyotes at the MTS Centre, and many Jets players and fans have their sights set on a playoff berth.

"The city would be crazy," said fan Randy East. "Everybody would be so excited."

As of Thursday, the Jets are three points shy of a possible playoff spot, and players say they want to maintain the winning momentum they started under new head coach Paul Maurice before the Olympic break.

"It feels like a big opportunity, especially if you look at where we were a month ago," Jets captain Andrew Ladd told reporters on Thursday.

"I think we realize we've put ourselves in a good position but at the same time, we don't want to waste it. So We want to keep pushing, keep doing the right things, and not waste this chance."

Click on the video player above to watch a full report by the CBC's Alana Cole.