It fell to captain Daniel Alfredsson to give his team a lifeline Monday night.

Alfredsson scored twice in the third — including the winner — while defenceman Erik Karlsson chipped in with a three-point effort as the Senators pulled off a thrilling 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.

The Senators moved four points ahead of No. 8-ranked Washington in the Eastern Conference standings and go into a four-day break poised to make the playoffs.

Milan Michalek, Chris Neil, Kaspars Daugavins and Kyle Turris beat Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec, while Jason Spezza had three assists and Craig Anderson made 44 stops. Antti Miettinen had two goals for the Jets, while Kyle Wellwood and Evander Kane also scored.