Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-2 win over the Red Wings

Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout checks Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson as goalie Curtis McElhinney makes the save during the second period at Nationwide Arena.

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One: Hard work paid off for the Blue Jackets tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, coming out on the positive side of the tilt with a 4-2 victory. More importantly, the two points from the win vault Columbus into 7th in the East (wildcard) and back into a playoff spot.

Two: Curtis McElhinney came on in relief of a sick Sergei Bobrovsky, who left after the 1st period. He was stout, although one has to wonder if he was breaking in new pads with some of the rebounds he had. The bottom line is that he did what he’s supposed to do.

Three: Both Cam Atkinson and RJ Umberger responded well to being healthy scratches in recent games, with Atkinson scoring the game-winning goal in the third. A little motivation goes a long way. It was a somewhat controversial goal call, and I’ll have more on it tomorrow morning on the Fox Sports Ohio website.