The Devils kept the pressure on, scoring again just 1:25 after Carter's goal. The diminutive Gionta took a pass from Kovalchuk and skated in on Pavelec, putting a wrist shot between the goaltender's pads for a 2-0 lead at the 10:12 mark. It was Gionta's third goal of the season.
The Jets received a huge break with 3:43 left in the first period. Stuart dumped a pass in front of the goal that deflected off Devils defenseman Andy Greene's stick and past Hedberg for a goal that sliced the lead in half.
A dejected Greene patted Hedberg on the head as to apologize for the mistake.
"I've seen those happen before," Hedberg said. "No one means anything with it. It just happened."
The Devils dominated the opening period yet had only a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Jets head coach Claude Noel was not pleased with his team's start.
"How we start like that is unbelievable," Noel said. "To come out like that after they traveled and we sat here and rested, it's unbelievable."
The Jets managed to tie the game as Kane skated in and fired a wrist shot to the high right side of Hedberg with 2:41 left in the second period.
The Devils' solid start was wiped away with Kane's game-tying score, his 10th of the season. Kane scored the game-winning goal in the Jets' 5-2 win over the Devils on Feb. 24.
"We came back and tied the thing up, but I think we didn't have a lot of great players, that's for sure. I thought we struggled in a lot of areas."
The Devils' Bryce Salvador realizes that his team is struggling, having won just three of its last nine games and only one in regulation.
"It was a tough game, but we didn't give up after giving up the lead," Salvador said. "We didn't get down or disappointed. We haven't been playing well lately, so we really needed this one to come out on our side. It was a good win."
NOTES: Sunday's game marked the ninth straight game that the Devils played without future Hall of Fame goalie Brodeur, currently on the injured list with a bad back. ..Defenseman Mark Fayne and rookie forward Stefan Matteau were healthy scratches for New Jersey. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder missed his third straight game with an upper body injury. ... Salvador, who missed the loss to Carolina Saturday with an upper body injury, played and saw regular action, playing 24 minutes. Only Kovalchuk saw more ice time for the Devils...The Jets entered the game having killed off the last 21 penalties against them over a span of seven games, which includes killing off two 5-on-3 disadvantages....The Jets killed off their lone penalty Sunday, pushing the streak to 22 ... Pavelec, who started the prior two games against New Jersey this season, was in goal again Sunday night. ... The Jets had scored the first goal of the game in their prior three games on the current road trip, which ended with a 1-1-2 record.