OTTAWA - Patrice Bergeron scored the lone shootout goal and the Boston Bruins rallied late for a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
The Bruins trailed 3-1 with 1:28 remaining in regulation before tying it on goals by Mark Recchi and David Krejci.
Blake Wheeler also scored for the Bruins (5-4-1), while Tim Thomas faced 30 shots to improve to 15-8-0-2 against Ottawa.
The first period was scoreless, largely thanks to Elliott. Making just his second start of the season, the 24-year-old made a number of key saves as the Bruins created plenty of traffic in front of the Ottawa goal.
Alfredsson opened the scoring midway through the second with a short-handed goal. Mike Fisher took the puck from the side boards and found Alfredsson, who broke in alone and beat Thomas through the legs.
The Senators now have a league-best four short-handed goals this season, equalling the number of power-play goals they've scored.
The Bruins tied it with less than three minutes remaining in the period as Wheeler seemed to catch Elliott off guard.
Thomas was solid early in the third, as he stopped Jason Spezza and made a great glove save on Jonathan Cheechoo, who continues to search for his first goal as a Senator.
After Spezza set up Michalek for the go-ahead goal, Fisher made it 3-1 at 11:13 as his pass from the side boards ended up bouncing in on a weird angle.
Recchi played in his 1,500th game and scored the Bruins' second goal of the game. He is one assist shy of 900 and his 1,445 points are third-most since the 1988-89 season.
Notes: Ottawa was without D Filip Kuba (lower body, day-to-day). RW Shean Donovan was a healthy scratch, while C Jesse Winchester has been sent to Binghamton for a conditioning stint ... Boston's Shawn Thornton was back in the lineup after missing the last two games. The Bruins were without C Marc Savard (broken foot, indefinite) and LW Milan Lucic (broken finger, indefinite) ... The Senators are off until Wednesday, when they head south for back-to-back games that night against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN2, Team 1200) and Thursday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1200). Then they return home to take on the Atlanta Thrashers next Saturday (2 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).