It felt like deja vu all over again. There was the sinking feeling, the helplessness and then there was a little anger. For the second time in a week the Mets blew a lead in the eighth inning to the Braves, but Monday night they battled back for a 4-3 win in the 11th inning at Citi Field.

“We needed it bad,” Terry Collins said. “It was very similar to the game in Atlanta, the one we had a chance to win down there. It was a big game for us to get out and start the series with. Guys hung in there and battled great.”

Ruben Tejada lined a two-out single into center field in the bottom of the 11th for his fourth career walk-off hit, his second this season.

The Mets (40-49) won their second straight and third in four games and pulled within nine games of the NL East-leading Braves (49-40). It was the Mets’ fifth walk-off win this season, the first since May 11, when Tejada also drove in the winning run.

Tejada’s game-winning single was the Mets’ only hit with runners in scoring position all night; they went 1-for-6 in that situation and stranded eight. The Mets had held a 2-0 lead on Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI-double, David Wright’s third-inning home run and Daisuke Matsuzaka’s seven shutout innings.