Tomas Tatar bursts with energy enthusiasm and eagerness to be a Red Wings regular.

He got his second shot at making inroads toward an NHL career Monday night getting a spot on the third line as the Wings hosted the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. Tatar had one of the better chances of the game when he batted away at the puck down low while draped with defenders.

“I thought he was really good” coach Mike Babcock said after the 1-0 shoot-out loss. “He was effective for us he was on the puck he was strong on the puck he played way quicker than he did his last time. I thought he was effective.”

Tatar hadn’t played since his season debut Oct. 5 at Boston.

“It’s nice reward for the waiting” Tatar said. “Just try to make a play play simple in the hard areas and manage the puck.”

Babcock had green-lighted Tatar’s insertion in hopes of making the Wings stronger offensively. Babcock noted opponents should have to worry about shutting down forwards beyond Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson.

“Let’s be honest if I was the other team and I’d watched us play I’d say if I got a hold of 13 and 40 and 11 I can shut this thing down” Babcock said. “The depth in scoring hasn’t been there.”

Tatar was on a line with Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary. The trio did a good job going up against Joe Pavelski’s group in a game where no skater had much room to demonstrate offensive skill.