The Predators headed into Monday’s game against Ottawa desperate for just one goal.

Three in one period seemed unfathomable for this offensively challenged team.

But even that eye-opening outburst — three second-period goals in a span of 9:12 — was almost not enough for the Predators, as Nashville blew a three-goal, third-period lead before rebounding for a 4-3 overtime victory over the Senators.

Defenseman Seth Jones saved the Predators from embarrassment when he stuffed home Ryan Ellis’ unsuccessful breakaway with 1:11 left in the overtime session, and Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak in front of a sold-out crowd at Canadian Tire Centre.

“I think that’s exactly the kind of win we needed to end the streak — just to make sure it wasn’t too easy,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said with a smile. “We wanted to make it as hard as we could on ourselves ... No, it was a big win for us. We’d been playing well lately and deserving better.”

The Predators’ three goals in the second period matched the combined goal total of the previous four games for Nashville, which had gone 137:52 without scoring before Nick Spaling snapped the spell.

It took less than two minutes for Craig Smith to double the Predators’ lead, and before the second period was over, Nystrom had added a goal to put Nashville up 3-0.

“It had been awhile since we’d scored, but we were getting so close that eventually it was bound to happen,” Smith said. “Guys were relentless and stayed ready. You want to be almost obsessed with that puck — just get it and shoot it.”