James Wisniewski wasn't the only reason the Columbus Blue Jackets finally claimed their first victory, but it probably wasn't a complete coincidence that his new team didn't win during his eight-game suspension.
The defenseman now looks to help Columbus notch its first road win in more than seven months Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
Coach Scott Arniel couldn't overstate the significance of Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Detroit, which snapped the Blue Jackets' worst start in franchise history. They spent a week as the NHL's lone winless team.
"I don't think anyone in that dressing room has been through the three weeks of hell we just went through," Arniel said. "The psychological, the emotional, everything that came with it. It was a lot of baggage."
Acquired from Montreal and signed to a six-year, $33 million deal this summer, Wisniewski had to watch the entire season-opening skid from afar, having been suspended for a preseason hit to the head of Minnesota forward Cal...