WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ Winnipeg Coach Barry Long hopes he won't have to be praising star center Dale Hawerchuk the rest of the season.

''It was just an outstanding effort again tonight,'' Long said of Hawerchuk's three-goal, one-assist effort in the Jets' 7-6 National Hockey League victory Monday night over Pittsburgh. ''However, I'd like to see some of those goals spread around. It's better when everyone is getting them.''

Hawerchuk got all of them in giving the Jets a 3-2 lead in the second period.

But it took goals by Robert Picard and Scott Arniel in the third period to break a 5-5 tie and secure Winnipeg's second straight victory. The Penguins had tied the score earlier in the period on two goals by Pittsburgh rookie Arto Javainen.

''When I'm working hard, things are going to fall into place,'' said Hawerchuk. ''When you've taken off and you have a full bit of steam, they can't really catch you. I think I was letting myself get caught standing still too much. You've got to keep moving.''

Pittsburgh Coach Bob Berry had a pat on the back for Hawerchuk, but harsh words for his own club.

''Winnipeg is an excellent skating team and certainly Hawerchuk tonight played tremendously,'' Berry said. ''We didn't deserve to make it that close. We didn't get involved in the game, we didn't take the body.

''We've got a bunch of those guys on the team and they're going to be gone.''

Paul MacLean and Perry Turnbull also scored for the Jets, 23-20-4 and third in the Smythe Division.

Pittsburgh's other goals came from Troy Loney, Doug Shedden, John Chabot and Warren Young. The Penguins dropped to 18-22-4 and remain fourth in the Adams Division.