OTTAWA - Martin Erat scored with 22.2 seconds left to give the Nashville Predators a 6-5 victory over the slumping Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
J.P. Dumont got his fourth point of the game on the play as he stripped the puck from Ottawa's Dean McAmmond and fed it to Erat, who beat Martin Gerber from the slot for his third point of the game.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had drawn Ottawa even for the fourth time in the game just 23 seconds earlier with his 17th goal.
Ottawa has lost five straight games. After racing to a 15-2 mark, the Senators are 1-4-2 in their last seven games.
Dumont assisted on first-period goals by defencemen Dan Hamhuis and Greg de Vries before he scored his seventh of the season late in the second to give Nashville its third straight one-goal lead.
After Dany Heatley's 13th goal drew Ottawa even for the third straight time 2:47 into the third, Ryan Suter answered 1:03 later with his third goal of season which put the Predators up 4-3.
Suter assisted on Martin Gelinas' third goal, which gave the Predators a 5-3 margin at 8:39.
Senators center Jason Spezza made it a one-goal game once again 3 minutes later with his fourth goal at 11:39.
Joe Corvo and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa, which overcame 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 deficits.
Nashville backup goalie Dan Ellis survived the blown leads to maintain his perfect record with his fifth win in five starts.
Hamhuis scored his second goal of the season on a power play 44 seconds in when he jumped on Gerber's fat rebound of Dumont's shot and put the puck into an open net.
Corvo tied it midway through the first when he moved along the blue line from the left side to the slot and drove a slap shot over Ellis' glove into the top of the net.
Nashville recovered the lead at 16:37 on de Vries' first goal of the season.
Vermette pulled the Senators even once again at 2-2 when he scored his fourth goal by putting the puck into the net after a rebound of Randy Robitaille's point shot at his feet in the goalmouth to the left of Ellis.
Dumont gave Nashville its third one-goal lead at 3-2 with 1:28 left in the second. Erat carried the puck behind the Senators' net and set up before making a pass to the slot, where Dumont put a quick shot past Gerber for his seventh goal.
Notes: Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov left with a hand injury early in the first. He did not return ... RW Brian McGrattan was a healthy scratch for Ottawa ... The Senators are home to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). About 200 tickets remain for the game.