Jason Spezza took a licking, but kept on ticking.

After leaving the game temporarily following an elbow to the head late in the second period, Spezza emerged as the hero in overtime, putting the finishing touches on the Ottawa Senators' wildly entertaining, unpredictable, come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

The Lightning led 2-0 at the start of the third period, limiting the Senators to only 12 shots through the first 40 minutes, seemingly in complete control and looking very much like the playoff-bound team it is.

Then came the rally from a Senators squad which can't even dream about making the post-season until next spring.

With 7:33 left in regulation, Ryan Shannon snuck behind the Lightning defence and turned goaltender Dwayne Roloson inside out before tucking the puck in the net for a short-handed goal. Then, with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, Nick Foligno deflected a Zack Smith shot past Roloson to tie the game.