After overcoming a three-goal deficit, the Senators forced overtime only to watch it slip away when Jones scored the winner at 3:49 of the extra period and the Nashville Predators defeated the Senators 4-3 Monday night.
Ryan Ellis broke in alone on goaltender Robin Lehner and Jones was there to send home the loose puck.
“It was a tough one to slip away and we almost gave it away,” Jones said. “We need all the points we can get right now so it was nice to pull away with two.”
The win allowed the Predators to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Senators said they take solace in earning the single point, but at the same time know they need to be better if they hope to stay in the playoff race.
“The way the game was looking going into the third period it looked pretty bleak for us to get that one point so we’ll take the positive,” Ottawa’s Marc Methot said. “It would have been nice to get two, but we’re happy with the resiliency we showed at the end.”
Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Eric Nystrom also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne faced 37 shots. This was Rinne’s first victory in four starts since returning from injury.
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 29 shots before leaving the game early in the third. Lehner faced 13 shots in relief.
“I thought we played real well, especially the first two periods,” Nashville’s Mike Fisher said. “We thought we were the better team, but then gave them a little life in the third and the crowd came alive for them and before you knew it, it was 3-3.”
Spezza tied the game with 67 seconds remaining in regulation. The newly acquired Ales Hemsky, who had three assists, found Spezza at the side of the net and the Senators‘ captain scored
“We knew we had to make a push in the third and it showed a lot of character for us to get a point,” Spezza said. “We kept coming and coming, but it sure would have been nice to pull that one out in overtime.”