He scored three goals in the third to lift Detroit to a 3-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
It was Zetterberg's third career hat trick. He had gone seven games without a goal and had only one in his past 11.
"It's a great confidence builder for him to get back on the scoresheet again," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "He's had a lot of chances. He's been snakebit a little bit, not being able to score."
Manny Malhotra scored for Columbus, which had won the previous three meetings.
Zetterberg, who has 39 goals, tied the game at 1 at 6:43 into the third period with a spectacular effort. He took the puck from his own blue line into the Columbus zone, where he skated past defensemen Jan Hejda and Rostislav Klesla, before backhanding the puck past Blue Jackets goaltender Fredrik Norrena.
"The first one, I had a lot of speed coming and I got a great pass from Brian Rafalski and their D were kind of standing still," Zetterberg said. "I got through them and put it five-hole on the goalie. It was a good feeling to see it go in."
Zetterberg's second goal came on the power play with 1:54 left when he scored on a one-timer from the left circle.
He completed his hat trick with 1:19 left when he stole the puck from Jiri Novotny in the neutral zone, carried it into the Blue Jackets zone, made a fake on Norrena and put the puck into the empty net.
"We made a couple of mistakes and they wound up in the net," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Malhotra's power-play goal opened the scoring 7:05 into the second period. He put in a loose puck for his 11th goal.
"It was a tough start, it was a grinding-type game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We took three penalties in the first period and it was hard to get any momentum. But I thought we hung in there and found a way to get it done."
|Henrik Zetterberg celebrates after completing his hat trick and Detroit's comeback. (Getty Images)|
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|07:05||Power Play - Manny Malhotra (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Rick Nash, Ron Hainsey|
|06:43||Henrik Zetterberg (37), Tip-In. Assist: Brian Rafalski|
|18:06||Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (38), Snap Shot. Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom|
|18:41||Henrik Zetterberg (39), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.|
|10:45||Kronwall, 2 min, Holding the Stick|
|13:48||Downey, 2 min, Interference|
|17:14||Kopecky, 2 min, Holding the Stick|
|18:58||Zherdev, 2 min, Tripping|
|06:07||Lidstrom, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|12:45||Malhotra, 2 min, Hooking|
|14:53||Modin, 2 min, Hooking|
|17:46||Chelios, 2 min, Cross-Checking|
|02:02||Drake, 2 min, Boarding|
|11:49||Brule, 2 min, Interference|
|14:24||Chelios, 2 min, Boarding|
|17:10||Klesla, 2 min, Tripping|
|Shots On Goal|
|Power Play Conversions|
|Attendance - 19061|
|Referees - David Banfield, Mick McGeough|
|Linesmen - Don Henderson, Derek Nansen|