Tomas Tatar felt his goal-scoring was going to come around, he simply needed a lucky bounce, or a fluke play, and the tide would turn a positive way.

Tatar kept saying it while scoring only one goal in the season's first nine games.

But a goal Friday against Los Angeles led to another one Sunday, in the 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo, and suddenly Tatar has two goals in two games and the look of an offensive player who can get on a roll.

Which would suit the Red Wings well.

"It's just the way it is," Tatar said. "I had chances before, but something was always in my way. Now I'm getting the good bounces, even if the shot is from the outside, further away, and it just finds the net."

Sunday's goal was something along those lines. Tatar skated patiently with the puck on the perimeter, found an open lane and fired a shot past Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth.

Tatar is hoping this offensive streak can be sustained over time.

"I know it shouldn't happen (like that), you should always keep the consistency and score goals every night, but it's just the way it is," Tatar said. "You need those bounces to feel good about yourself."

Consistency is what coach Mike Babcock wants to see from Tatar, as well.

"He's like all kids, he just has to be keep getting better and better," Babcock said.