Tobias Enstrom netted the eventual game-winning tally in the second period and Dustin Byfuglien also scored as the Jets broke a two-game losing streak and established four-point lead over Carolina atop the Southeast Division.
The Lightning, playing only hours after the Sunday firing of head Coach Guy Boucher, got goals from Steven Stamkos and Cory Conacher in their sixth loss in nine games.
Cedrick Desjardins turned aside 21 shots for the Bolts.
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