COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Dan Cleary scored the winning goal with 5:19 left to complete his first career three-goal game and cap the Detroit Red Wings’ 7-4 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Cleary has a career-high 17 goals. He has seven goals and two assists in four games against Columbus this season.

Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist for Detroit, winners of five of their last seven. Henrik Zetterberg and Danny Markov each had a goal and an assist. Robert Lang assisted on all three of Cleary’s goals, and Brett Lebda had two assists.

David Vyborny had a goal and an assist for Columbus, which pulled ahead 4-3 early in the final period. Ron Hainsey, Dan Fritsche and Adam Foote also scored for the Blue Jackets.

Detroit regained the lead with four straight goals – including an empty-netter – in a 7:13 span.

Datsyuk skated around three Blue Jackets players and beat goalie Fredrik Norrena from the low left circle at 11:24 to make it 4-4.

With Hainsey in the penalty box for hooking, Cleary scored off a deflection of Lang’s screened snap shot from the left circle to give the Red Wings the lead with 5:19 remaining. Detroit entered the game 0-or-13 the last three games on the power play.

Datsyuk made it 6-4 4 minutes later, banking a shot from behind the net off Norrena.

Detroit lulled the Blue Jackets to sleep the first half of the game with dominant puck possession and took a 3-0 lead.

But Columbus came to life with two quick strikes in a 1:28 span late in the second period.

Hainsey threw the puck at the net from the low left circle, sneaking it through goaltender Chris Osgood to make it 3-1 at 12:32.

Moments later, Vyborny stole the puck and beat Osgood with a nifty backhand deke to cut the Red Wings’ lead to 3-2. Vyborny has 16 points in his last 11 games.

Fritsche and Foote scored power-goals 2:02 apart early in the third period to give Columbus a 4-3 lead.

Cleary opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period off a pass from Lang after a Detroit forecheck won the puck.

After a turnover by Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott, Lang found Cleary again in the slot for his second goal of the game.

Zetterberg made it 3-0 at 8:45 of the middle period with a chip shot over a downed Norrena for his 15th. Lebda, zipped a cross-ice pass to Zetterberg alone in front.

Notes: Detroit D Chris Chelios did not play. He sustained a lower-body injury Wednesday night against Minnesota. … Detroit has played Columbus and Minnesota three times each in its last six games.

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