It took a trip to the Motor City to stop the Senators’ skid.

The Senators got just what the doctor ordered to solve their woes and halted a three-game losing streak Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings with timely goals along with a solid 34 stops from backup Robin Lehner.

Winger Clarke MacArthur scored twice while Bobby Ryan notched the winner in the third and Chris Neil also beat Jimmy Howard in a game that featured four 5-on-3 power plays — including three for the Wings.

Lehner, making only his second career start against Detroit and his first here, was excellent but he wasn’t impressed with the Wings antics by falling over the place to draw penalties.

“After the first 10 minutes, when we didn’t play very well, I thought the guys really picked it up,” said Lehner. “We have to be a little bit more disciplined. We had a few too many penalties, some of them were soft.

“It’s tough on the (officials). I don't think it's their fault. It’s like there was water out there with how much they were diving. I think we’ve just got to take the positives and go to the next game.”

Pavel Datsyuk (who scored on a 5-on-3) and Darren Helm scored for Detroit, but the key was Ottawa’s ability to kill off 2 of 3 two-man advantages. The last came for the Senators midway through the third with the Wings pressing to tie it up.

“We had a tough start again but it was better,” said MacArthur. “We stuck with it. It was a great job by Lehner, especially with that many 5-on-3s. I’ve never seen that many 5-on-3s in a game. That’s a positive for us.”

The Senators and Detroit traded two-man advantages as well early in the third. Ryan restored the lead for Ottawa at 3:51 by one-timing a pass by Howard on the stick side.

The Wings tied it 2-2 on their second 5-on-3 to start the period. With Jason Spezza and Mark Borowiecki in the box, Datsyuk tied it up at 1:08 with a shot that deflected off Jared Cowen and by a helpless Lehner.

The Senators did an outstanding job killing the first 5-on-3 for a span of 1:33 in the second. With Chris Phillips and Cowen both off, they didn’t allow the Wings to penetrate the zone and the club registered only one shot during the stretch.