DETROIT -- Dan Cleary doesn't put the puck in the net a lot, but he made the most of his latest scoring chances.
Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Dominik Hasek made 16 saves for Detroit (9-4-1), which won its sixth straight.
Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus (4-7-1) and Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots before being replaced by Fredrick Norrena after two periods.
The Red Wings outshot the Blue Jackets 37-17.
"We controlled most of the game and we were rewarded," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.
Hainsey's power-play goal tied it at 1 at 6:32 of the second period, but the Red Wings answered with three straight.
"We got back in the game early in the second and got it tied 1-1," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "But we got the next goal scored shortly after that."
Zetterberg slapped in a rebound from the left circle at 8:45, and Cleary netted his second goal on a short-handed breakaway with 5:56 left in the period.
Cleary beat everyone to a loose puck in the Blue Jackets' zone.
"I read the bounce and got a good jump on them and went in and tried to be patient," said Cleary, who had only three goals in 77 games last season. "We practice breakaways a lot. I tried to out wait him."
Samuelsson backhanded a shot in during a goal-mouth scramble with 4:27 remaining in the middle frame to cap the scoring.
Columbus, which beat Calgary at home in a shootout Friday night, couldn't put together back-to-back good efforts.
"As soon as they scored the second goal, it was over," Gallant said. "The guys stopped competing and I don't know why."
Cleary opened the scoring with 2:17 left in the first period, tipping in Chris Chelios' shot from the top of the circle along the right wing boards.
Columbus didn't register its first shot until 11:03 elapsed when Rick Nash directed a drive at Hasek from the left circle. Detroit had eight shots by that point.
"I don't know, we got away from our game plan," Leclaire said. "We're a good team when we play simple and we keep everything on the sides. We tried to do a little too much and we got caught flat-footed."
Detroit D Mathieu Schneider missed his third straight game due to an injured groin. ... The Red Wings recalled C Valtteri Filppula from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned forward Brad Norton to that team. ... Columbus C Sergei Fedorov played 13 seasons for the Red Wings from 1990-2003, posting 400 goals and 954 points. He was booed every time he touched the puck. ... Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was in attendance.
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|17:43||Daniel Cleary, Tip-In - Assists: Chris Chelios, Kris Draper|
|06:32||Power Play - Ron Hainsey, Wrist Shot - Assists: Rick Nash, Adam Foote|
|08:45||Henrik Zetterberg (4), Slap Shot - Unassisted.|
|14:04||Short - Daniel Cleary, Backhand Shot - Unassisted.|
|15:33||Mikael Samuelsson (3), Tip-In - Assists: Nicklas Lidstrom,|
|11:10||Markov: Holding - 2 min.|
|14:47||Malhotra: Tripping - 2 min.|
|15:02||Lidstrom: Interference - 2 min.|
|20:00||Carter: Hooking - 2 min.|
|02:32||Nash: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.|
|05:21||Kopecky: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.|
|10:38||Lebda: High sticking - 4 min.|
|16:15||Zetterberg: Tripping - 2 min.|
|18:20||Nash: Hooking - 2 min.|
|00:52||Lidstrom: Tripping - 2 min.|
|05:03||Platt: Delaying Game - 2 min.|
|06:29||Zetterberg: Roughing - 2 min.|
|06:29||Tollefson: Roughing - 2 min.|
|08:32||Chelios: Tripping - 2 min.|
|13:34||Fritsche: Holding - 2 min.|
|17:22||Kopecky: Tripping - 2 min.|
|18:44||Klesla: High sticking - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 20066|
|Referees - Brad Meier, Brian Pochmara|
|Linesmen - Pat Dapuzzo, Mark Pare|