Forwards Mike Modano and Valtteri Filppula were both happy to be back in action Saturday night.

Neither player had a point in the Wings' 3-2 shoot-out win over the Sabres. Both players said there were moments they felt the pace of the game was ahead of them.

That was to be expected, though, since Modano had missed 41 straight games with a lacerated wrist and Filppula had missed the last eight games with a sprained knee.

When a reporter asked Modano how he felt in his first game back, Johan Franzen answered "powerful."

"I don't know if that's the word," Modano said. "What's the opposite of that?"

Modano lost his first seven face-offs, before winning one in the third period to finish 1-for-8. He had four shots in 13:46 of ice time.

"It was a lot of 50-50 (draws) that just bounce sometimes a bad way," Modano said. "Overall it was OK. A good start. Did some good things.

"First shift came together pretty good and had a good shot. Had a couple other chances. In the third came in off the side and just didn't put a lot of them where I'd like to put them, but nonetheless had a couple good lucks at it."

Modano wore a wrist brace crafted by Jeremy Murray, who also made the custom clear face mask worn by Rip Hamilton of the Pistons.