DETROIT -

The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings are a desperate team that has to take advantage of a five-game home stand to get back in playoff contention and they played like it Wednesday night.

Right wingers Patrick Eaves and Todd Bertuzzi and center Darren Helm scored in a six-shooter shootout to give Detroit a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings (22-18-10), who have won two of the first three crucial games at JLA, moved into a tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot.

"We know that we can beat most teams if we play our game. But it does reiterate the fact that if we do play well, we can do it," said defenseman Kyle Quincey, who had a goal. "Going forward, hopefully we use this as a template going forward."

Right winger Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist, left winger Tomas Tatar and Eaves also scored for Detroit in regulation. Captain and center Henrik Zetterberg had three assists, left winger Justin Abdelkader two assists and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 31 shots in the first 65 minutes. He returned after missing nine games with a sore groin.

The Red Wings rallied from a 2-0 hole in the first period and a 3-2 deficit in the third.

"Well we just played hard. You know we played real hard, obviously I thought we were playing real well when we were down 2-0, the guys stuck with it," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously Gus made some saves for us in the shootout but all in all, our team played very hard tonight."

After getting beat by the first two shooters, center and captain Jonathan Toews and left winger Patrick Sharp, Gustavsson stopped right wingers Patrick Kane and Hossa and centers Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw.

Hossa, Shaw, Sharp and Kruger scored for Chicago (32-9-11), which is second in the Western Conference, in the first 60 minutes. Kane had two assists and Corey Crawford made 27 saves.

"We weren't very good tonight. They worked hard. They were a hard-working team," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The loss snapped Chicago's seven-game regular-season winning streak against Detroit.

Kruger tied the game at 4, 5:12 into the third period when he scored from the high slot after intercepting defenseman Brendan Smith's pass. It was Kruger's sixth goal.

The Red Wings led 4-3 after two periods.

Nyquist broke a 3-3 tie with 8:46 left in the middle period when he converted Zetterberg's cross-crease pass for his seventh goal. Quincey's third goal tied it 6:20 into the second when he beat Crawford from the high slot.

"We were, it felt like, a step slow because they were getting better in the first two periods," said Hossa, a former Red Wing.

Sharp's power-play goal 5:03 into the second period gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead. His slap shot from the top of the right circle was Sharp's 26th goal.

It was tied 2-2 at the end of the first period.

Tatar put the Red Wings on the board by putting in a rebound with 8:46 left in the opening period and Eaves tied it with 2:20 remaining in the first on a snap shot from the right circle. It was Tatar's 11th goal and Eaves' second.

Hossa opened the scoring 8:41 into the game with his 21st goal. Toews' cross-crease pass went in off of Hossa's leg. Shaw made it 2-0 just 1:26 later when he backhanded in a rebound for his 14th goal.

NOTES: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson returned after missing 10 games with two broken ribs. ... Wednesday was the first meeting this season for the two Original Six rivals. They had been long-time Western Conference Central Division foes (and Campbell Conference Norris Division rivals before that) before realignment sent the Red Wings to the Eastern Conference this season. Chicago beat Detroit in seven games in the second round, rallying from a three-games-to-one deficit, in last season's playoffs on its way to the Stanley Cup. ... Detroit was without C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), G Jimmy Howard (knee), RW Johan Franzen (post-concussion syndrome), RW Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms), C Joakim Andersson (back) and C Cory Emmerton (finger). ... Linesman Steve Barton left the game late in the first period and did not return. He was woozy after taking two hits. He had also taken a hit in his previous game. There was only one linesman and two referees for the remainder of the game. ... C Henrik Zetterberg's three assists puts him into seventh all-time in team history (436).