The Blue Jackets' dressing room was no longer a highly pressurized container yesterday. An out-of-nowhere 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday replaced the gnashing of teeth with relaxed smiles and an eagerness for practice.

Nobody had a bigger bounce in his step than goaltender Steve Mason, even though he had an ice bag strapped to the left shoulder he injured early in the game.

"The shoulder feels OK," Mason said. "It's really nothing that I'm concerned about."

Winning is a remarkable balm.

The Blue Jackets' losing streak was 0-7-1, but that counts only the start of this season. It's easy to forget that the Jackets ended last season with six straight losses (0-4-2), too. As poorly as many Blue Jackets have played during that stretch, only the goaltender carries a record next to his name on the stat sheet.

For Mason, it showed an 0-9-2 mark since last March?29 and a 2-14-6 record since March?1.