It was sturdy ol’, non-glitzy Jimmy Howard, again.

The Islanders sought a jump on the Red Wings early in the game Friday, and they got it. But, after taking a break and decompressing, perhaps, after a string of losses, especially in overtime and the shootout, that saw him nearly “winless for November,” Howard played all the angles and remained stout.

At 10:50 of the first period, the Wings were outshot 10-3, and led 1-0.

Howard stopped quality chances, including one by the stellar John Tavares from point-blank range, as the Islanders leading scorer (11 goals, 18 assists) got free behind the Red Wings defense early in the first.

“I’ve got to give a lot of props to Gus,” Howard said of his stablemate, Jonas Gustavsson, who is undefeated in the backup role and will get the start Sunday in Ottawa.

“You know, he’s been playing so extremely well it allowed me to work a couple days with (goalie coach) Jim Bedard and straighten things out.

“I just fine-tuned a couple of things.”

Babcock said that, as is the case with many slumping NHL players, confidence can ebb.

“The hardest part about this game is: When things don’t go well for you, be strong enough mentally to be confident,” he said before the game, about Howard.

“And confidence in our league is fleeting.

“You never have to question Howie’s leadership, Howie’s work ethic, his commitment to being a pro.”