A team meeting segued into a team practice, then came a team lunch. The point could hardly have been driven home any more clearly: Without teamwork, the Red Wings aren't going anywhere.

They head into tonight's game against the Oilers eager to flush a loss at Calgary that was variously described as "disturbing, awful and embarrassing" because the Wings dominated the game only to have a few doozy mistakes cost them two points and leave them deflated as they moved on to Edmonton.

The sun came up, though, on Thursday -- figuratively not literally as clouds blanketed the city all day in gray -- and the new day shot energy and hope back into the Wings.

"When we left the rink, we weren't in a good mood, going on the bus and on the plane," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We did so many good things, and then we shot ourselves in the foot again. We have to throw that game away.

"We know it's really tight in the standings. We need every point we can get, and we gave two points away. We did a lot of good things, but we did some mistakes that cost us the game. So we just have to find a way to do the good things, but when we make a mistake, we have to recover better than we did yesterday."