It's not every night Phoenix Coyotes fans can walk into Jobing.com Arena and witness history but tonight was such a night.

On a night that began with the first ever team-encouraged tailgate party the party never stopped as the Coyotes came out of Saturday with a victory and a story to tell.

As the game clock ticked away a lone puck traveled through the air off the stick of Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. The Coyotes faithful held their collective breath as the puck flew up the center of the ice toward the vacated Detroit net. The clock ticked the puck soared; the only thing between the puck and Smith's first career NHL goal was that clock.

Only fractions of a second remained as the puck came ever closer to Detroit's net. The puck rolled in with only .1 second to spare.

Smith's goal capped off a 5-2 Coyotes victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night by becoming only the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal. A win that seemed hopeless after 20 minutes of play.

"I'm thrilled with the way we played" Smith said "it's just a bonus to be able to score a goal."

After finding themselves down a pair of goals in the first period Phoenix needed to rally late in the game rather than preserve a lead.

The Coyotes have made a habit out of blowing third period leads as of late. Back in Arizona after a one-game road trip to Southern California the Coyotes reversed that trend.

Not in a position to lose a lead the Coyotes kept the pressure on the Red Wings and scored five consecutive goals to end the game. Smith Antoine Vermette Martin Hanzal and Mike Ribeiro (twice) scored goals for the Coyotes all in the final 21 minutes of play.

"It's hard to be impressed sometimes but I was very impressed with the play of our players tonight" Coach Dave Tippett said.

Phoenix gave up the early lead after a cross-ice pass from Henrik Zetterberg found the tape of Pavel Datsyuk's stick for an easy wrister past Smith. The Coyotes could not stop the bleeding as a blocked Zbynek Michalek horizontal pass at the Phoenix blueline ended up on the stick of Todd Bertuzzi for a break-away. Bertuzzi ripped the puck past a befuddled Smith to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.