Damien Brunner's redemption song began as more of a catcall. Or a punchline.

But it ended Monday night with the beautiful sound of a horn — and the happy screams of his teammates — as the Red Wings' rookie forward scored the overtime winner to beat Anaheim, 3-2, in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena.

For the Wings, it was the biggest goal of the season, knotting this best-of-seven series at two games apiece, avoiding an elimination date Wednesday in Anaheim and ensuring there'll be at least one more playoff game in Detroit this spring.

And for Brunner, it was easily the biggest goal of his hockey career, which began in his native Switzerland, where he played professionally for six seasons before making the jump to the NHL, signing with the Wings as a free agent last summer.

"I had a series winner in Switzerland once — in overtime — to go to the semifinals," Brunner laughed, "but I would say this one tops it."

More important, it trumps the awful feeling he'd experienced barely 48 hours earlier, when his open-ice gaffe proved to be the back-breaker Saturday night in the Wings' 4-0 loss in Game 3. Brunner's unforced, defensive-zone turnover led directly to Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scoring the second goal of the night.

"I blamed myself so much," said Brunner, who also had a three-point outing in the Game 2 overtime win in Anaheim. "I had a terrible night, I couldn't sleep. … Obviously, it was my fault that we didn't have a chance to come back in the game."