The Detroit Red Wings showed how it’s done in Boston building a lead and then protecting it.

Playing a marquee Monday matinee game at TD Garden the Wings left town with a well-deserved 3-2 victory over the Bruins.

“It’s good for us good for our confidence” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Didn’t have one power play today but still we find a way to win.”

The first second and third lines contributed goals in that order. Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk combined for what for them is mundane but for others dazzling; Johan Franzen fed Stephen Weiss and Daniels Alfredsson and Cleary paired up to give Detroit a two-goal lead halfway through the game.

Surprise starter Jonas Gustavsson filling in as Jimmy Howard nursed a bruised hand made 28 saves giving up a deflection goal to Loui Eriksson and a late goal to Milan Lucic.

The penalty killers had a star-making turn killing off nearly two minutes worth of a two-man power play in the third period. That the Bruins got five power plays and the Wings none stuck out to coach Mike Babcock as he perused the final game summary sheet.

“Might have to frame that” he said “just because no one will believe it actually happened.”

The victory gives the Wings a two-game winning streak headed into Tuesday’s game against Columbus and a good start to what will be a busy week continuing with games at Colorado and Phoenix. After lacking structure in two straight losses last week the Wings appear to have taken strides starting this holiday weekend.

“We are a young group that has to continue to get better and better together and we will do that” Babcock said. “I liked what happened for our team today confidence wise.”

The Wings came to Boston in much better shape than their first trip here the previous weekend when they played the night before and ended up getting run over by the Bruins 4-1.

“They embarrassed us last time in here” Cleary said. “We kind of came in making sure we were ready. It was a big win for us something to build off.”