Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for the Capitals, and Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer also scored as Washington survived a sloppy effort for a road win in Winnipeg.
With John Erskine back in the lineup rookie Nate Schmidt will be paired with Mike Green against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
The Caps are looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they visit Winnipeg.
The Capitals aren't the only team that has struggled in the new Metropolitan Division. Because of that, early season struggles may not keep them out of the race for the division lead.