Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-0 lead early before Detroit answered with three straight in a 3-2 win over the Jets.
Marko Dano scored his first goal as a Jet and Tyler Myers made it 2-0 into the first intermission.
The Red Wings answered with two in the second and one in the third to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They held the final wildcard spot heading into the night.
Winnipeg meanwhile, have lost 3 straight and have just two wins in their last twelve games.
They are back on the ice Saturday against Colorado.