The Leafs were certainly feeling the effects at the end of a grueling, season-high seven-game road trip, in which they finished with just two wins.
"This has been a terrible trip for our team," Phaneuf, said.
"It’s been a busy week with a lot of travel and some tough teams on the road," Leafs goaltender James Reimer added. "Tonight, maybe we were a little tired, but I don’t want to give that as an excuse. We are all professionals and we got to find a way to win these games when we are tired."
Somewhat lost in the mix of Byfuglien’s fine play was the milestone reached by his defensive partner Ben Chiarot.
Chiarot, the rookie defenseman who started the year with the Jets’ AHL affiliate in St. John’s, scored his first career NHL goal.
"I’m obviously pretty happy about it," said Chiarot. "That was one of the keys in our game plan tonight, getting pucks to the net. It was a great faceoff by Little there and I just put it on net."
"I’m proud of him, he’s really earned it," said Byfuglien. "He’s had to go through a lot playing with me."
Michael Hutchinson was solid when called upon for the Jets, making 20 saves for his 10th win of the season. Reimer fell to 6-7-0 with the loss after allowing five goals on 40 shots.
The Jets snapped a two-game skid.
"It was a big game for us, you never really want to lose three in a row," said Galiardi, who scored his first goal of the season. "We weren’t happy with the way things were going there, but we showed tonight we can bounce right back."
Toronto was without Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland, all out with injuries.
Winnipeg played without its top four defensemen– Mark Stuart, Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom and Jacob Trouba– as well as forward Evander Kane.
Santorelli opened the scoring for Toronto 2:19 into the second period, but the Jets responded just 1:10 later as Galiardi scored.
Little added his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the third period and Chiarot made it 5-1 with 9:05 remaining.