Just find ways to win. It's not always pretty, it's definitely not easy this time of year. When every single point in the standings is precious, the Lightning have risen to the occasion one more time.
The Bolts rallied from a 3-1 deficit, tying the game on 5-on-3 power play with a goal by Teddy Purcell, his 19th of the season.
Then in overtime, Carolina forward Brandon Sutter barreled into Tampa Bay goaltender Mathieu Garon drawing a roughing penalty. Tampa Bay capitalized, scoring the game winning goal as Steven Stamkos blasted it in on a feed from Purcell.
Stamkos finished with two goals on the night, giving him 47 on the season. The Lightning also saw newcomer Tim Wallace score his first NHL goal.
Mathieu Garon was at times sensational for the Bolts, making one big save after another in the third period and overtime. He would finish with 24 saves on 27 shots.
The Lightning are now with two points of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay also holds a game in hand on the current owner of the spot, Winnipeg.
Tampa Bay is 7-3 in their last ten games.