COLUMBUS -- The Red Wings appeared poised to grab a road victory in Columbus, carrying a 3-2 lead into the third period.
But the Blue Jackets scored three goals -- one on the power play -- in a span of 6:09 to earn a 5-4 victory at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.
Detroit fell to 7-14-3 while Columbus improved to 9-8-4.
Tyler Bertuzzi (two), Filip Hronek and Luke Glendening (shorthanded) lit the lamp for the Wings.
Alexandre Texier, Cam Atkinson (power play), Oliver Bjorkstand (power play), Boone Jenner and Eric Robinson scored for the Blue Jackets.
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard (2-9-1) made 32 stops.
Columbus netminder Joonas Korpisalo (9-7-1) had 22 saves.
Up next for the Wings is a back-to-back set Saturday in New Jersey against the Devils and Sunday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Blue Jackets travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets Saturday night.
1. Tyler Bertuzzi: Anthony Mantha may be leading the team in goals and points but Bertuzzi is very quietly right behind him in both categories. At 12:06 of the first period, Bertuzzi was just outside the right circle and took his time, finally firing the puck past Korpisalo to tie the game at 1-1. Mantha and Madison Bowey picked up the assists. Bertuzzi then tipped Dennis Cholowski's shot past Korpisalo with 3:14 remaining in regulation. Andreas Athanasiou had the second assist. Bertuzzi has 10 goals, second only to Mantha, who has 12. Bertuzzi finished with 21 shifts for 22:04, had three shots, two hits, a giveaway and was plus-2.
Quotable: "Last few games, we lose by one goal. We're in every game, we battle right to the end and it's just that one goal, whether it's one of the power-play goals or us not scoring on the power play. It could go either way. Our power play needs to be better." - Bertuzzi
Quotable II: "I think Tyler for a lot of stretches of the year done a really good job. He's getting a hell of an opportunity and he's doing a really good job. I like Tyler a lot. He's a competitor. He's a smart player. He's got good skill." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Filip Hronek/Luke Glendening: Hronek has always been a gifted offensive defenseman and has shown off those abilities this season, leading Detroit's blueliners in goals and points and tied with Andreas Athanasiou for fourth overall in points. But sometimes you need a little puck luck. too. At 16:03 of the second, Hronek was looking to pass the puck, Blue Jackets All-Star defenseman Seth Jones went down to block it and the puck hit Jones' skate and danced into the far side of the net. It marked Hronek's fifth goal of the season. Robby Fabbri and Athanasiou assisted. Hronek finished with 31 shifts for a team-high 27:18, had one shot, one giveaway, two blocked shots and was plus-2.
Dylan McIlrath was having a tough night in terms of penalties. But when he was in the box for the third time, Frans Nielsen got the puck to Glendening, who broke free and backhanded the puck past Korpisalo for his third goal and first shorthanded goal of the season. It gives the Wings shorthanded goals in back-to-back games after Valtteri Filppula had a shorthanded tally Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators. It also was Nielsen's first point since March 21, when he had an assist at St. Louis, snapping a 22-game pointless skid. Glendening finished with 21 shifts for 13:13, had two shots, one hit, one giveaway, one blocked shot, was 5-of-13 in face-offs and was plus-1.
Quotable: "Fransy made a great play. I was just trying to get it on net, fortunate that it went in." - Glendening
Quotable II: "It's frustrating. Obviously, you score four goals, you expect to win in this game. Can't give up five. Got to find a way to make more saves for the guys. Funny part is I've felt great. I've felt good every game. I felt comfortable in San Jose and felt comfortable again tonight, so just got to find a way to have pucks hit me." - Jimmy Howard
3. Special teams: Coaches will harp on it all the time: you have to win the special teams battle in order to give yourselves the best chance to win. Although the Red Wings got the shorthanded goal from Glendening, they also allowed the Blue Jackets to score twice on the power play. One of those was a 5-on-3 in which Atkinson found an open spot at the left doorstep. In the third period, Bjorkstrand scored from the right circle with the man-advantage. Columbus finished 2-for-5 on the power play. The Wings had a 5-on-3 opportunity of their own in the second period but failed to record a shot. Detroit was 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Quotable: "I would call it poor decisions. Poor decisions with the puck. One, it's a little unfortunate when you shoot a puck like Mo (Mantha) shoots it and you miss the net and it goes out of the zone. That's a little bit unfortunate. But then I thought we made poor decisions. When you got five versus their three, making smart decisions becomes a real important thing. We didn't make enough smart decisions." - Blashill
Quotable II: "We just got to get better as a group and be more on page. We need to score on those to kind of get ourselves back in the game. They scored on theirs and I think that's the difference." - Bertuzzi
Quotable III: "You could feel the momentum switching a bit in the building. It was loud. They did a nice job. That's the way the game goes. They scored on their 5-on-3 opportunity. We didn't score on ours, and then they got another power-play goal. You lose the special-teams battle in a game like this, it's a one-goal game, it's the deciding factor most nights." - Glendening