Fittingly the Red Wings made the playoffs Wednesday in dazzling, unexpected fashion.

Riley Sheahan got credit for a goal with 1:15 left in regulation, tying the game 3-3 and earning the one point needed tosend the Red Wings into the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

Sheahan's shot from the corner, almost at the blue line, took a couple of hops on the ice and got past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

The extra time was almost anticlimactic for the Red Wings, who wound up losing 1-0 in the shootout as Jussi Jokinen scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, and thereby giving the Penguins a 4-3 shootout victory.

But this was one time the Red Wings were satisfied securing the one point.

"That was definitely pretty exciting," Sheahan said. "We had chaos in front and I wasn't even sure it was me who scored. It was a pretty good feeling to get the point and give us a chance in the playoffs.

"It was unbelievable to help the team."

The Red Wings and Penguins could renew this rivalry beginning next week in the first round of the playoffs – the No. 2 seeded Penguins playing the top wild card which will be either Columbus or the Red Wings.

With Columbus winning 3-1 in Dallas Wednesday, the Blue Jackets and Red Wings both have 91 points with two games remaining.

The Blue Jackets own the tiebreaker (regulation/overtime victories), giving them the seventh seed currently.

"We played well, we've been playing well and we've been getting better," coach Mike Babcock said. "Whoever we get, we're going to be a tough out."

It was nerve-wracking for the Red Wings for most of the third period.