Defenseman Brian Lashoff is making the most of the minutes he has received lately, after nearly being sent back to the minors.

Lashoff played 19:55, including 6:34 on the penalty kill, in the Red Wings' 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

He was on the penalty kill early in the third period during a 5-on-3 and again in the final minutes with the Oilers trying to score 6-on-4 after pulling the goaltender.

"I think it's huge," Lashoff said of playing in key situations. "Ever since I got here, I've been put in pretty key situations. That's obviously huge for my confidence."

Lashoff said he's used to being put in key penalty-killing situations with the Grand Rapids Griffins and has confidence he can help the Wings.

"I want to win," Lashoff said. "It doesn't really matter, when it's those kind of situations, it's all about that want to win."