The Wild must have gotten confused with daylight savings.

The expression is “spring forward, fall back,” but during much of the first period Sunday night, the Wild looked like it lost an hour’s sleep, not gained it.

There were unforced turnovers, passes several feet off the mark, sloppy icings and four minor penalties.

But at some point, whether it was induced caffeine or the realization they were playing the a subpar New Jersey Devils team missing forwards Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias and Ryane Clowe, sleepy Wild players awoke refreshed and easily skated to a 4-0 victory at Xcel Energy Center.

Behind Josh Harding’s 19 saves and ninth career shutout and the first goals of the season by Mikael Granlund and Torrey Mitchell, the 8-4-3 Wild won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 2-1 on its four-game homestand.

Former Devils captain Zach Parise, playing for the first time against the franchise that drafted him, assisted on Mitchell’s goal and had three shots. Nino Niederreiter had three assists.

The Wild got off to a terrible start and Harding, who is 7-2-1 and the NHL’s goals-against average leader (1.10), had to be good early. Mikko Koivu didn’t take the Wild’s first shot against Cory Schneider until 7 ½ minutes in.

The Wild’s penalty kill has been awful this season, entering Sunday’s game ranked 28th in the NHL.

Against the Devils though, a team that was sixth-best on the power play on the road, the Wild actually created momentum for a change on its penalty kill. After killing off the second of three first-period power plays, the Wild struck less than a minute later.

Keith Ballard got it started with a headman pass deflected at center ice by Granlund to send Jason Pominville into the zone. Schneider stopped Pominville, but after Niederreiter tried to bank the rebound off Schneider, Niederreiter nudged the loose puck to Granlund, who slammed it into an open net.

Pominville, who had spent the previous three games getting set up by Granlund, also earned an assist.