It was a moment he had imagined and played out, probably a couple of hundred times, as a kid growing up in St. John's, NL.

Game-winning goal, overtime, Stanley Cup playoff game, being a hero -- a far-fetched storyline concocted in a child's imagination, a dream.

For Senators winger Colin Greening, it wasn't just a dream. The 27-year-old's game-winning goal in the second-overtime session Sunday gave his team a 2-1 win and a fighting chance in its Round 2 series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With five stitches on the outside of his face and another on the inside, Greening smiled as he stood by his locker in the Senators dressing room Tuesday and talked about his heroics, deflecting credit to his teammates, and not wanting to get too caught up in the moment, with playoff life or death still at stake in the series.

"When you're in your driveway, you always picture yourself being Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux. I shouldn't say Mario Lemieux, because he was a Penguin," said Greening. "Scoring the overtime winner, it's something kids dream of. So to go through it, it's pretty special. To be able to score a big goal like that, it was huge for us. We lose that game, we're down 3-0.

"It was nice to have that, but that was two days ago. We've got a game (Wednesday). At the end of the day, it's still 2-1. We've got to win (Wednesday). My old coach (Kurt Kleinendorst) in Binghamton had a good saying: 'With anything like that, you can enjoy it until your head hits the pillow, then the next day is a new day.'

"There's always going to be a new story every game. We've got to win (Wednesday) to get back in the series."

Greening, who was highsticked in the second period and got some pieces of fibreglass lodged in his face as a result, said it wasn't as bad as it looked.

"It stung a little bit," he said. "I grabbed my face and when I looked down, there was some blood on my glove. I've been cut before so I kind of know to go to the bench and get it checked out.