The Detroit Red Wings came into Bridgestone Arena on Sunday and did what they had to do: grind out a victory.

A 3-0 final gave the Wings the two points they needed to at least momentarily climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture after falling out of it over the weekend. The Wings are in eighth place, tied at 47 points with Minnesota and only one point behind St. Louis.

"We have been saying the last couple days we control our own destiny," Jimmy Howard said after making 22 saves and earning his third shutout of the season. "It's upon us in the dressing room here to get the job done. I think a lot of people would be happy to see us miss the playoffs, so we've got to go out there and play with the same sense of urgency when we get to Calgary."

Six games remain in the regular season: at Calgary, Vancouver and Dallas, bookended around home games against the Coyotes, Kings and Predators.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for the first time in 11 games, and newcomer Danny DeKeyser earned his first NHL point by assisting on that goal. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists to reach 759 career points and move into sixth place overall in team history.

The Wings didn't build on their one-goal lead until there were just 3 minutes left. Johan Franzen scored after he intercepted Chris Mueller and sent a backhand behind Pekka Rinne, and Justin Abdelkader scored into an empty net.

The Wings had squeezed just three points from their previous three games, rousing concern their 21-season playoff streak might crash. It still might, but at least for one night the Wings beat an opponent they should have.