Given the way things have gone lately for the injury-plagued Ottawa Senators, their 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday afternoon had the feel of a minor miracle.

Goal-less since losing star defenceman Erik Karlsson last week and down 1-0 on the road to a good team that had an 8-1-1 record when scoring first, the Senators needed someone to step up and be a hero.

In the end, it was a player familiar with that role.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson scored midway through the third period and Swedish protégé Jakob Silfverberg had the only shootout goal as the Senators picked up their first win in three tries.

Alfredsson busted the Senators out of a 137:17 scoreless drought on the play, dating back to the second period of last Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There was a palpable sense of relief in the locker-room afterward, given how close the Senators were to posting another bad result after a good effort.

“It’s a long time (not to score),” Alfredsson admitted. “But we’ve been in games and we know we have to stick with it.”