The Penguins rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to improve to 1-4-5 with their first win of the season. Pittsburgh was the last NHL team to win a game this season.
In snapping a nine-game losing streak, the Penguins scored six straight goals. Sergei Gonchar scored two goals and added one assist, John LeClair also scored twice and goaltender Sebastien Caron made 30 saves. Pittsburgh was 6-for-11 overall on the power play.
Ilya Kovalchuk had one goal and three assists, Niclas Havelid had one goal and one assist, and goalie Steve Shields allowed seven goals on 30 shots for Atlanta (3-7-0), which has lost six of its last seven.
The Thrashers went 3-for-7 on the power play while winning the shots on goal battle, 35-30.