Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis made their long-awaited returns to the Yankees lineup and just like that, a season-long five-game losing streak was over.

So, was the presence of the two veteran sluggers what got the offense out of its recent funk?

“Maybe so,” Brett Gardner said, unconvincingly, after the 4-1 win over the Red Sox in The Bronx.

OK, neither player was overwhelming against Jon Lester, but after the Yankees went three straight games without drawing a walk for the first time since 1991, they had four last night. That might not have been a coincidence.

When asked if their patient approach at the plate could be contagious, Youkilis said, “I think in a way it can be.”

Though, he quickly added, “A lot of it is knowledge of the hitters watching the game. Jon wasn’t commanding the ball, I don’t think, as much as he probably would have liked. Hitters played into that and made him work.”

That included Teixeira, who played his first game of the season after straining the tendon sheath in his right wrist preparing for the World Baseball Classic in spring training. His walk to start the second led to the Yankees first run.