There were many positives to take out of the Red Wings' 2-1 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday but probably none more so than goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

In his first start of 2013, after having battled a groin injury almost the entire season, Gustavsson stopped 25 shots and was a major reason for the Red Wings' impressive victory.

"You play to win and you want that feeling," said Gustavsson, who has been limited to two relief appearances and one conditioning start in the minor leagues. "I was real happy with the win and how the guys performed. They helped me a lot and made it easy for me."

Gustavsson stopped all three San Jose attempts in the shootout, while the Wings' Damien Brunner scored the only goal from either team.

The Wings (10-8-3, 23 points) split a two-game West Coast trip after a tough 2-1 loss the night before to Los Angeles.

Interestingly, the Wings looked like the team with more energy Thursday.

"We did; right from the start we didn't have any lulls in this game at all," Patrick Eaves said. "It was unfortunate we had to lose a game (in Los Angeles), so we really wanted to come out and have a push in this game."

After two scoreless periods, the teams traded goals less than two minutes apart early in the third.

Sharks forward Logan Couture one-timed a pass from Joe Thornton at 4:49 past Gustavsson, giving the Sharks a short-lived, 1-0 lead.

But the Wings responded quickly, with Eaves' first goal.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130301/SPORTS0103/303010385#ixzz2MIeCRjUW