Tyson Barrie has been maligned at times for his play and hasn't always seemed to have the confidence of Avalanche coach Patrick Roy. But on Wednesday night, Roy had enough faith in Barrie to have him on the ice in the late going when the team needed some offense, and Barrie made Roy look like a genius.

"It was a character win for us. We were a little shaky after that 5-on-3 where they scored two goals and they took the lead. The last five minutes, I liked what I saw. We played with urgency and I was very proud of our team character tonight." Roy said.

Barrie assisted on the game-tying goal by Paul Stastny with 2:20 left in regulation and scored the overtime winner in Colorado's 4-3 win over former Avs goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators.

"I know they've been wanting to see a little more out of me in that area, the offensive stuff, and that's my game," Barrie said. "In the third, there, when we were down a goal, I just kind of said, 'I'm going for it.' "

Barrie's wrist shot — expertly set up with a pass from behind the net by Stastny — got past Anderson just 33 seconds into OT. It rescued a two points that seemed might be lost in epic frustration for the Avs.

But Stastny followed up Gabe Landeskog's rush up the middle and scored after Anderson poke-checked the puck away, for the tying goal with 2:20 left.

Just before that, the Avs had almost scored, but the puck stayed on the goal line.

The Avs led 2-0 by the 4:54 mark of the first period on goals by Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda, but they stopped doing the kinds of things that got them the lead from that point and paid for it. They stopped skating, stopped going hard at the net, started back off the puck too much and didn't take proper care of it enough when they had it.