If this keeps up the Panthers may start a petition to stop the wrecking ball from demolishing venerable Joe Louis Arena as planned in a few years.

A resilient Reilly Smith shook off a disputed call against him in the first period that cost him a goal, but scored the tying one late in the third before Brian Campbell potted the game winner in overtime to lift the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

If not for sterling goaltending by Roberto Luongo the Panthers wouldn't have won their fifth consecutive game in the "Joe," where they have gone 6-0-1 since their last loss in regulation on Dec. 15, 2007.

"I'm trying to do my job and come up with big saves when needed," said Luongo, who had 28 saves in his 883rd game to surpass former Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck into eighth place all-time.

"It was nice to tie it up in the third and get rewarded for making a few saves. ... It's the first of a [five-game] road trip and a good way to kick it off."

The Panthers' first third-period comeback win of the season trimmed Detroit's lead for the top wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference to four points with a game in hand before heading to St. Louis where they have lost six in a row to the rugged Blues.