Lidstrom poked in a rebound for his second goal of the night 47 seconds into overtime as the Red Wings snapped a nine-game home winless streak against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 5-4 victory.
The Red Wings were unable to protect three one-goal leads in the opener of a home-and-home series, but Lidstrom came through in overtime to give them their first win over the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena since April 2, 1999.
"It's like it was when I came into the league in the early 1990s. It's close to getting back like that," Lidstrom said. "We play them a lot, and that helps build the rivalry."
Rookie Michael Leighton stopped Brendan Shanahan's short wrist shot from the right side and was about to cover the rebound with his glove. But Lidstrom beat him to the puck and pushed it into the net for his 11th goal.
"That's my first game-winner in the regular season," Lidstrom said. "I've been waiting a lot of games for that. It was great to get a win here after not playing as well in Philly on Saturday."
Sergei Fedorov collected three assists and Shanahan had a pair for Detroit, whose last three victories have come in overtime.
"We played a fairly good game," Red Wings left wing Kirk Maltby said. "We had a one-goal lead there and we kept letting them get it back, and then we'd get it. We were guilty of giving them chances and they capitalized."
Kyle Calder scored twice and defenseman Phil Housley added a goal and an assist for Chicago, which has earned at least one point in 13 consecutive games (6-0-4-3).
"Housley scored a big goal for us at the end to give us a point," Blackhawks winger Eric Daze said. "Since I've been here, we've always played a good game against them. They're the Stanley Cup champions. We have to establish ourselves, so it's a good matchup to see where we are."
Chicago hosts the finale of the home-and-home series Wednesday.
"That's what's exciting about back-to-backs," Blackhawks winger Theo Fleury said. "The rivalry between the two teams is great."
Fleury was not around for the final period in this one after receiving a major penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Maltby.
It was an up and down third period for Housley. With 8:37 to play, Brett Hull banked a shot off Housley's backside and into the net to give Detroit a 4-3 lead. But Housley got even just over five minutes later when he ripped a one-timer from the left faceoff circle over goalie Curtis Joseph's left shoulder.
Calder scored the only goal of the first period and Leighton extended his shutout streak to start his NHL career to 91 minutes, 42 seconds.
But defenseman Jason Woolley tied it 6:42 into the second and Lidstrom put the Red Wings in front less than four minutes later when he got a screen from Shanahan and beat Leighton from the top of the left circle.
Calder banked a rebound off the inside of Joseph's right pad with 4:33 left in the period to make it 2-2.
The victim of an acrobatic save by Leighton in the first period, Maltby beat the rookie on a breakaway after stripping the puck from Igor Korolev in the third to give Detroit another one-goal lead.
It lasted less than two minutes as Sergei Berezin answered with a power-play goal, his 13th.
"It was too wild for my liking, that's for sure," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "As a team, we were too porous. We didn't protect the goaltender at all. They won a lot of the battles, but we found a way to win the hockey game."