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The Colorado Avalanche might have found the spark they need to ignite their offense and string together some victories.

After finally breaking out offensively, the visiting Avalanche look to win two straight for the first time Sunday against the struggling Winnipeg Jets.

Colorado (2-4-2) totaled 12 goals and no more than three in a contest prior to Friday’s 7-3 win over Vancouver. Jarome Iginla scored the first two with his new team and had an assist while Matt Duchene added a goal with two assists as the Avalanche overcame a 2-1 first-period deficit by scoring four straight.

"As an offensive team, you need to see pucks go in to get your confidence," Duchene told the Avalanche’s official website. "We’ve had games where we probably could have scored that many goals and we didn’t. It’s frustrating (knowing that), and really nice to see all those go in.

"I know that everyone’s going to have a little more jump in their step. It bleeds into the next game."

That’s the intended plan for the Avalanche, who a season ago won 14 of their first 16 en route to the Central Division title. Colorado’s 3.0 goals per game ranked fourth in the league in 2013-14.

As the Avalanche managed to keep things in perspective during their early success last season, they’ve stayed the course and avoided panic amidst adversity this time. A performance like the one Friday could go a long way in helping Colorado potentially overcome its rough start.

"That’s our hope and our belief," said Iginla, who has recorded all seven of his points in the last five games. "We want to keep it going."

Colorado went 3-0-2 against Winnipeg (2-5-0) last season with only one meeting decided in regulation.

The Jets have endured their own offensive struggles by totaling seven goals while losing five of six since a season-opening 6-2 victory at Arizona.

Three nights after snapping a four-game skid with a 3-1 victory over Carolina, Winnipeg regressed with Friday’s 4-2 home defeat to Tampa Bay. Bryan Little scored his team-leading fourth goal, but the Jets were left frustrated after outshooting the Lightning 42-27.

”It’s the kind of game that gives you a sour taste in your mouth because you feel you’re a better team than that," said Little, who recorded Winnipeg’s first and only power-play goal through 24 chances.

Though it’s early in the season, the Jets take no solace in moral victories.

"We understand that this is a results deal, so we’re not going to pat ourselves on the back," said forward Blake Wheeler, who scored his third. "Ninety-five percent of that game we were pretty in control of and playing really well."

Wheeler has five goals and 10 assists during a seven-game point streak against the Avalanche.

Little has five scores with seven assists in his last 10 versus Colorado.

Duchene recorded four goals and two assists in the five games against the Jets last season.

Teammate Semyon Varlamov, who made 26 saves Friday to earn his first win after missing three games with a groin injury, went 3-0-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average versus Winnipeg in 2013-14.