The Devils led the period in shots, 10-7.
Detroit capitalized on a early Devils' mistake to take a 1-0 lead. Devils defenseman Mark Fraser attempted to pass the puck across the ice at his own blue line, but Darren Helm picked off the puck. The Red Wings' center broke in alone on Martin Brodeur and fired a shot over his shoulder for his sixth goal of the season.
That broke a streak of five consecutive games in which the Devils scored first.
Brian Rolston tied the game, 1-1, at 6:35 of the opening period. Anton Volchenkov fired a slap shot from the left circle that Red Wings' goalie Jimmy Howard stopped. The puck trickled to his right, and Volchenkov tried to tip home the puck. With players scrambling to find the puck, Rolston banked a shot off Nicklas Lidstrom and into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Rolston is one of the hotter Devils during their 6-0-1 streak. With a goal tonight, the left-winger has 11 points in seven-plus games.
Patrik Elias, who assisted on the goal, extended his point streak to five games.
Coming into tonight's game, the Devils lost eight straight games at Joe Louis Arena. Their last win, a 2-0 shutout on November 6, 1996, was Brodeur's 13th career shutout.