There really wasn’t a better time for Stephen Weiss to score his first goal as a Red Wing.

Weiss scored at 3 minutes 13 seconds of overtime tapping in a rebound goal past goalie Cam Ward capping a dramatic comeback in the Red Wings 3-2 victory over Carolina.

“The first one is always big and especially it being overtime that makes it extra special” Weiss said. “I’ll remember that for a long time.”

Before Weiss it was Henrik Zetterberg who got the Red Wings into overtime.

Zetterberg set up Justin Abdelkader early in the third period then scored with 16.8 seconds left in regulation forcing overtime.

Zetterberg’s shot through a maze of players in front of Ward found the back of the net and sucked the air of a sellout crowd at PNC Arena.

“I just wanted to take a little extra time and get a good shot away” Zetterberg said of his tying goal. “The first two (shots) I didn’t do that. I just tried to aim for the corner but it went through.”

Goalie Jimmy Howard made 23 saves to earn the victory.

The victory was the Red Wings’ second consecutive to open the season. More importantly though might have been the way they won showing character and persistence on a night in which a loss seemed imminent.

“Ton of character” Weiss said. “When you’re down 2-0 and there’s no panic in the dressing room you know you have guys who’ve been there before and trust the system trust the process it’s going to take to come back in a game like this.”

“Sometimes it won’t happen and sometimes it is and tonight was one of those games where it was good enough.”

Radek Dvorak and Oxford native Nathan Gerbe (power play) scored for the Hurricanes (0-0-1) both scoring in their first games with their new team.

“It was a real good win for us good morale win” coach Mike Babcock said. “If you keep doing good things good things will happen the game is 60 minutes long.

“We started great had an excellent first period. We felt like we didn’t deserve to be down 1-0. But that’s the way hockey is. I didn’t think we were as good in the second.”

Abdelkader’s goal 42 seconds into the third period got the Red Wings to within 2-1 and put pressure on the Hurricanes

Zetterberg carried the puck into the Hurricanes’ zone and found Abdelkader alone near the hashmarks.