The Detroit Pistons are a team only Gordon Lightfoot could love. Just like in the folk classic "Sundown," the Pistons sometimes feel like they're winning when they're losing again.
The Pistons left Chicago feeling good about a 95-94 loss to the Bulls, and after losing consecutive home games by a total of 40 points to Minnesota and Toronto, their relative relief was understandable.

That did nothing to change a 1-13 March or a five-year losing streak against their Central Division archrivals.

Still, there was some sense of satisfaction in a game the Pistons led most of the way, with both teams playing short-handed.

The Bulls quickly pushed a one-point lead to 91-84 after consecutive 3-pointers by Luol Deng and Nate Robinson, yet the Pistons wouldn't go away.

"Even when they hit two timely shots, our guys responded and didn't hang their head and fought," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "We had some possessions on both ends that we'd like to have back. But with us, if we'll give ourselves a chance. ... It's a whole different spirit, the way we played tonight, compared to the way we played against Minnesota and Toronto."

Greg Monroe, who never has beaten the Bulls said it's frustrating when "maybe one or two plays might have made the difference," but said the overall tone was positive after the opener of a four-game road trip that continues tonight in Toronto.

"We have to take tonight -- we had a lot of good things, even though we lost -- and build off of it," Monroe said.

The game was peculiar from start to finish.

The Bulls played without star center Joakim Noah and two key supporting cast members, Rip Hamilton and Marco Belinelli, all of them injured.