OTTAWA - It was exactly the type of performance goaltender Robin Lehner wanted— and needed.Lehner made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators edged the visiting Nashville Predators 3-2 on Thursday.The Swedish netminder, now 4-2-1 on the season, had lost his past two starts and hadnt played since Nov. 9, but showed no sign of nervousness.I felt good, said Lehner. Its always a little bit uphill when you let in a goal early, but I thought the whole team, especially in the second, bounced back and kept it a little bit more simple and it felt solid overall.Bobby Ryan, Alex Chiasson and Jared Cowen scored for the Senators (9-5-4).The Predators (12-5-2) got goals from Shea Weber and Olli Jokinen, while Carter Hutton— playing just his third game of the season— faced 19 shots.Trailing 3-1, Jokinen made it a one-goal game in the opening minutes of the third as he knocked in a Derek Roy rebound. It was Jokinens first point with the Predators, however he would have preferred to wait a little longer for his first goal in exchange for two points.Theres a reason why we are in the top in the standings because of the way weve been playing, said Jokinen. Weve been able to execute that night in and night out for a full 60 minutes, but (Thursday) we did that for 40 minutes, 30 minutes, something like that and its not enough.Our push wasnt enough in the third.The Senators were clearly playing to protect the one-goal lead as they were outshot 16-3 in the third. The Predators had a couple of good chances, but Lehner was solid in his crease.I thought (Robin) was very good, said Senators coach Paul MacLean. He made at least three (saves) that could have been goals and the reason we win the game is because he played goal the way he did.While disappointed to lose, Predators coach Peter Laviolette had no issue with his teams effort.I was happy that they went out there and played as hard as they did in the third and fought for a win, said Laviolette. It didnt happen but thats a sign of a team that believes it can do things so for me it was good to go out and show the compete level in the third to fight for something when youre behind.While the second period has often been where trouble starts for the Senators, on this night it was the opposite as Ottawa scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes in front of 16,796 at the Canadian Tire Centre.It was big, it set us up for the third period, said MacLean. Having good second periods sets you up for the third and gives you an opportunity to win and thats the priority that you have to put on second periods.Trailing 1-0, the Senators tied the game on Ryans power-play goal at the six-minute mark of the second. Erik Karlsson found Ryan all alone and he quickly beat Hutton with a wrist shot.Ottawa took its first lead on Chiassons fifth of the season as he tipped in Cody Cecis point shot. Cowen, 2:06 later, scored his first of the season as he took a pass from Milan Michalek and beat Hutton glove side.The Senators can only hope Cowens goal is a sign of things to come from its defensive corps as to this point only Karlsson, with four, and Patrick Wiercioch, with one, are the only two defencemen to score.However at this point Cowen will settle for just playing a solid overall game considering he was a healthy scratch for five straight contests earlier this season.Its always nice to score goals— its the funnest part of the game, said Cowen. I dont measure my game on that, but it always helps to make your game a whole and have a little bit of every aspect of the game so Ill score as much as I can.A disappointing first period left the Senators trailing 1-0 as Weber scored on the power play early. Ottawa was outshot 9-4 and didnt even register its first shot on goal until after the halfway point of the period.If not for Lehners play the game could have taken a different turn.(The first) was ugly, said Ryan. Maybe thats the curse of four days off.The Senators are back in action Saturday as they host the St. Louis Blues, while the Predators return home to host the Florida Panthers.Notes: Ottawa LW Clarke MacArthur played his 500th career game, while C Zack Smith played his 300th. The Senators will be without C Curtis Lazar (day-to-day) and D Marc Methot (back, indefinite). D Patrick Wiercioch and RW Erik Condra were a healthy scratch for Ottawa. 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