Mark Sanchez has thrown 69 interceptions during his Jets career including five in one game and four in two others.

Friday night it looked like the Sanchez whom Jets fans have come to know and loathe when he threw an interception to Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah on a screen pass. Ansah ran 14 yards into the end zone for the score and you could hear the Sanchez doubters moaning from the Hamptons to High Point.

But Sanchez actually showed some progress after that. Yes he had one more near-interception but he put together a touchdown drive on his third and final series of the night and was able to walk out of Ford Field feeling good despite the preseason-opening 26-17 loss.

Too many times in Sanchez’s past one interception becomes two or two become three. By the end of last season he looked like a quarterback with no confidence. But he showed some poise and that should not be lost in the uproar over the pick-six.

“It’s just not the way you want to start” Sanchez said. “At the end of the day you can’t dwell on it. You have to step up and make the next couple passes you have to move on. You can’t let them see you sweat and just shake it off move on stay positive and hustle into the huddle. Need to run the next play as soon as possible and get it out of your head.”

Sanchez was able to do that. He connected with tight end Jeff Cumberland for a 26-yard touchdown and credited new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The two seem to have a chemistry that never existed last year between Sanchez and Tony Sparano. Mornhinweg has emphasized cutting down on turnovers to Sanchez who has a league-high 52 over the last two seasons.