The Red Wings had a lot to be happy about besides winning the Central Division for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.

The Wings grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period Sunday and beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings had rallied from a 3-0 deficit Saturday for a 4-3 overtime victory in Nashville.

The Wings' home game Sunday was their first since a 10-3 loss to the Blues on Wednesday.

"It means a lot, especially the way we played this weekend," said Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "We played with a lot more desperation and played the way we can play."

Darren Helm opened the scoring at 2:46 of the first, and Lidstrom added his 16th of the season during a 4-on-4 to make it 2-0.

"We've proven to ourselves that we just need to bear down, play our system and pay attention to details, and we can win games," Lidstrom said. "We got embarrassed the last home game we played here. We definitely wanted to play a lot more solid game. I thought we carried most of the game tonight."

Pavel Datsyuk returned after missing the previous seven games with a lower-body injury. Datsyuk assisted on Tomas Holmstrom's power-play goal at 12:38 of the second period that gave the Wings a 3-1 advantage.