"It was one of those games we should use as an example and move forward," Tyutin said. "That's the way we were built to play: Keep it simple."
"I thought it was a great overall effort," Atkinson said. "From the blue line and [Sergei Bobrobsky] out to the forwards … I thought that, for the most part, we just getting pucks deep and generated opportunities off of that."
Bobrovsky made 41 saves for Columbus (29-34-4).
It was the Blue Jackets’ third win in their past 11 games, but Columbus is 9-2-1 against Detroit in the past 12 between the two teams.
"We always get up for these games. These guys are always good," Tyutin said.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would disagree with that.
"I thought we had lots of shots and lots of power plays in the first but defensively we made big mistakes," Babcock said. "We turned the puck over on their first two goals at the far blue line."
"In this game, it was tough to get momentum. Too many times, we were one-and-done. They were really tight in front of the goalie," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We’ve got to bear down when we get good chances. If we do that we have a chance to win."
Columbus had the best of the play from the opening face-off but Luke Adam took a high-sticking double minor 5:04 into the game and Detroit capitalized.
Abdelkader scored a power-play goal at 7:49 of the first period. He tipped Marek Zidlicky's shot from the point out of the air and past Bobrovsky. It was Abdelkader's 18th goal and fifth in his past six games.
"I thought we came out great right from the start. We did a lot of good things 5-on-5," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "Then we took a penalty and they scored. I thought the guys just got back to work."
Tyutin tied it with 7:36 left in the first. He scored on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle that Howard could only get a piece of with his blocker. It was Tyutin's third goal.
Hartnell gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead 4:00 later. He scored on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Marko Dano for his 19th goal.
Atkinson's power-play goal with 1:30 left in the second period gave Columbus a 3-1 lead.
Atkinson cut around Luke Glendening at the Detroit blue line, came in off the left wing and scored past Howard with an in-stride wrist shot high on the glove side for his 14th goal and first in 13 games.
"Always nice to score a goal," Atkinson said. "Especially after going 13 games without one – not that I was counting. Better to get two points and a win."
Babcock re-united Zetterberg, Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk on a line to begin the third period and shuffled the other lines.
Bobrovsky stopped defenseman Niklas Kronwall's backhand shot as he cut across the top of the crease and Kronwall's shot off the rebound a little under a minute into the third period.
The Blue Jackets killed five Detroit’s six power plays, two in the third period.
“We had a couple of big penalty kills in the third period,” Richards said.
Babcock said the Red Wings had fewer and fewer scoring chances.
"I thought our opportunities dried up as the game went on. I thought they competed harder, they boxed out harder," Babcock said "Even though we had shots, we didn’t have the same quality of chances late."
The Red Wings pulled Howard for the extra attacker with a little less than three minutes left.