Believe it: The Red Wings won a shootout.

Ending a streak of 11 consecutive shootout losses dating back to last season (six this season), the Red Wings defeated Toronto 5-4.

Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the shootout, enabling the Red Wings (17-12-9, 43 points) to win the extra session 2-0 and securing a key second point for the standings.

“It’s been a long time for our team,” said goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who made 19 saves, then added two big ones in the shootout. “It felt good to get the win in the shootout, especially after I didn’t have my best game, so it was fun to step up there and get the win.”

The Red Wings let a 3-1 lead slip away but managed to salvage the two points.

Tomas Tatar was left alone in front of Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier and tied the game with 6:16 left in the third period.

Tatar tapped in an uncontested rebound with no Maple Leafs close to him (a common theme on each Red Wings goal).Tomas Jurco and Niklas Kronwall assisted on Tatar’s seventh goal of the season.

“It was good to win, I’m probably not as hung up on the shootout as everyone else, but I like the points,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Our kids were real good. They’re obviously going to be real good players.”

Along with Tatar, Jurco had a goal and assist and Riley Sheahan had two assists, while Luke Glendening had four hits in almost 17 minutes of ice time.

“They’re big, fast and they know how to play,” Babcock said. “We’re fortunate to have a farm team with bunch of kids who are ready to come (up).”