After playing sparingly last season due to injuries and Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson had no problem working on back-to-back nights.

Gustavsson turned in another strong performance Tuesday while subbing for the injured Howard making 36 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal as a Red Wing. Todd Bertuzzi notched his second power-play goal in three games. And Henrik Zetterberg continued his early season scoring surge with a pair of assists.

The Red Wings (5-2-0) have won three in a row.

Gustavsson has stopped 64-of-67 shots in winning consecutive starts for the first time since Jan. 23-24 when he played for Toronto. This was his first start as a Red Wing at Joe Louis Arena just his sixth overall with the club.

Howard who injured his left (glove) hand in Saturday’s game is listed as day-to-day. He hopes to return for Thursday’s game in Colorado. The club recalled Petr Mrazek from the Grand Rapids Griffins earlier in the day to back-up Gustavsson.

The Red Wings led 2-1 after two periods and Gustavsson made it stand with several big saves in the third. His best came against Jack Johnson with 5:40 remaining as Gustavsson appeared to be down and out before quickly sliding to his left and stopping the puck from sailing into an open net.

The Blue Jackets (2-3-0) won their final four meetings with the Red Wings last season after Detroit prevailed in their first matchup 4-3 in shootout.

This was the first time the former Central Division rivals met since each moved to separate divisions in the Eastern Conference Detroit in the Atlantic and Columbus in the Metropolitan.