Shea Weber, who because of an injury was a game-time decision, scored the deciding goal for the Predators in overtime Friday night.

Weber’s second goal, which came off an assist from Colin Wilson, was scored at the 3:31 mark in the extra period and lifted the Predators to a 3-2 win over New Jersey before a capacity crowd of 17,207 at Bridgestone Arena.

Weber also scored Nashville’s first goal, which came just 6:45 into the first period.

Even for Weber, it was a stunning performance.

His playing status was in limbo after he suffered an upper-body injury early in the third period of Tuesday’s game at Winnipeg.

He didn’t practice Thursday but was able to return to the ice for Friday’s morning skate.

“It was good that Shea decided that he needed to play tonight, and he made the difference,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s one of the best at his position, plain and simple. He’s a difference-maker in this business, and there’s not too many guys that are at his level.”

The win was only the third for Nashville (25-23-8) in overtime this season. It moved the Predators to 58 points on the season with the Olympic break approaching.

The Devils (23-21-12) were coming off a 3-2 overtime win Thursday at Dallas.

The Predators were unable to hold onto the lead Weber provided as the Devils scored twice in the second period. The second goal came with just 1:01 left when Jaromir Jagr, who had assisted on the Devils’ first goal, scored from the right of the net.

That was a bad omen for the Predators — New Jersey came into the game 15-0-2 when leading after the second period. And it appeared the Devils would continue that trend by playing keep-away from the Predators for most of the third period.

After the Predators pulled goalie Carter Hutton, David Legwand scored with just 10.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

“We were so excited at that point,” said Legwand, who gave a fist-pump to the crowd after scoring. “Points are so crucial at this point in the season. As many as you can put together before the break is huge.”

Nashville plays at St. Louis tonight and visits Minnesota on Thursday, then hosts Anaheim on Feb. 8 before the break for the Olympics.

Weber’s first goal might have been as big as his last. The Predators are 19-2-5 after scoring first.