It was a long time coming for Devils center Travis Zajac, but he has finally started a new games-played streak.

A torn Achilles tendon and subsequent surgery snapped Zajac's streak at 401 straight games when he missed opening night. But in his first game back he reported no problems.

"I felt better as the game went on. I think I was a little tentative in the first. I think that's just human nature coming back fro man injury," said Zajac, who took 24 shifts for 15:22 centering the third line with Mattias Tedenby and David Clarkson.

Although he had two scoring chances in the 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars, Zajac's timing is off.

"I think that's going to be the hardest thing to get back," he said. "Even on faceoffs. Physically I felt 100 percent. My legs felt great."

He was given an ovation from the sellout crowd of 17,625 when he took his first shift at 1:10 of the opening period.

"That was pretty cool. I never really had an ovation like that. It was pretty cool," Zajac said.