Seth Jones’ confidence just keeps growing and it’s showing at both ends of the ice.

With 1:27 left in regulation and the Canadiens pressing throughout the third period the rookie defenseman toe-dragged a David Legwand pass around Montreal blueliner Josh Gorges to give Nashville a 2-1 win over Montreal on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

“It was just kind of a reaction thing” Jones said. “I saw the forward’s back was turned and he couldn’t see me obviously so I just kind of went. Leggy made a great play.”

It capped off a night that saw Jones log 27:29 of ice time a total that came in second among both teams only to defensive partner Shea Weber.

“Right now he’s playing with Shea and that’s going to help him” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “He’s playing extremely well. It’s fun to watch.

“He’s a young guy and he’s using his strengths. He’s not afraid to deke guys and sometimes take a little bit risky plays but he has that kind of confidence and swagger and it’s great to have him.”

The Predators opened the scoring midway through the first period. With the first penalty in a two-man advantage winding down Weber moved in from the point to the right faceoff circle to take a shot. It deflected off Gorges and past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price for the Predators’ first road power-play goal of the season.

It was one of 14 shots Nashville took in the opening period.

“The whole game we played extremely well” Rinne said. “The first two periods we put a lot of pressure on their net and Price he was playing extremely well.