Martin Erat scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout and the Washington Capitals escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for the Capitals, and Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer also scored.
Bryan Little struck twice for Winnipeg, including the tying score in the third period, and Grant Clitsome and Blake Wheeler also scored. The Jets wrapped up a six-game homestand, their longest of the season. Andrew Ladd had three assists.
The Jets outshot the Capitals 47-32 and created most of the best scoring opportunities, including a short-handed two-on-one thanks to Dustin Byfuglien.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby had to deal with breakaways throughout the game and stopped some of Winnipeg's best shooters.
After a scoreless first period, Washington opened the scoring at 3:11 of the second, the first of six goals in the middle frame.
Grabovski scored his fourth goal of the season when he swept in and put a ...