Shawn Thornton had a wonderfully highbrow vision in his head if Gregory Campbell potted the game-winning goal in the final minute of overtime on a backhanded shovel at the net.

If it was successful the Campbell bid would have given all three members of the Bruins’ fourth line their own separate goals in a come-from-behind win over the Ottawa Senators, and would have allowed Thornton a special request: “Merlot for everyone.”

The B’s fourth line, of course, call themselves the “Merlot Line” because of the cranberry Bruins jerseys they don in practice, and perhaps it would have forced everybody on the Bruins charter to raise a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon on the flight to Pittsburgh.

Alas Robin Lehner made a nice stop on Campbell’s bid just as Tuukka Rask did on Daniel Alfredsson at the left post just as time was expiring in the overtime session. So it was left for the shootout and David Krejci eventually iced it by roofing a shot to give the Bruins a 3-2 shootout win over the Sens at Scotiabank Place.

The fourth line still powered both goals during regulation, and continued a string of strong performances since they were put back together as a forward group three games ago.

That’s the kind of secondary scoring that everyone has been looking for over the last few months, and the fourth has clearly started answering that call.

“I try not to put too much stock into how many points our line gets, but as a group I think we’ve been better in the last five or six games,” said Thornton, who packed three shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating into his 9:25 of ice time in the victory. “Maybe we’ve been rewarded the last couple of games, but our pressure, our forecheck and our D-zone coverage has been going back to what it once was.