It could be easy to forget that it was Jon Niese that started on Opening Day for the Mets. Amid a season of injuries and struggles – not to mention Matt Harvey – Niese has gotten lost in the fray.

Tuesday night in the Mets’ 5-0 victory he won back the spotlight. He pitched a complete game shutout the second of his career blanking the Philadelphia Phillies in an efficient 113 pitches. He gave up just three hits and struck out five batters. It took the Mets just two hours 19 minutes to dispose of the Phillies — and halt a five-game losing streak.

"It was just an overall great win" Niese (6-6) said. "After you get the news with Harvey it’s one of those things where we need to press on and do our jobs."

Niese even contributed with his bat knocking a bases-loaded double in the sixth that gave the Mets a five-run lead. He had already scored the Mets’ first run of the night after reaching on a walk.