It has been a while since Scott Clemmensen started a game for the Panthers and stole a victory.

Clemmensen got a chance to shine Sunday and did just that, turning back 40 shots to earn top player honors in Florida’s 2-1 victory over Ottawa at BB&T Center.

The Panthers have won four of the past five games with Jacob Markstrom and Clemmensen giving up a total of nine goals in the wins.

“Clemmensen stood on his head for us,” said defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, whose wrister on a power play served as the game-winning goal. “We needed that.”

It has been no secret Clemmensen has struggled this season as Sunday’s win — one in which Florida was outshot 41-17 — was just his third of the season and first since Feb. 26.

“It has been a long time since my last win, unfortunately,” Clemmensen said.

The Senators, who might be slipping out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, enjoyed a nice South Florida Saturday off and came out flying.

Ottawa, which had won 11 of the past 12 against the Panthers, made it a 1-0 game when former Tampa Bay forward Cory Conacher — traded to Ottawa a day after playing the Panthers last Tuesday — tapped in a shot after being allowed to camp out in front of Clemmensen’s cage with 7:34 left in the first.