The Predators needed a couple of periods and a pair of power plays to find the offensive spark in Thursday night's season opener against Ottawa at Bridgestone Arena.
Eric Nystrom provided the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period in the Predators' 3-2 victory, Peter Laviolette's first as Nashville's coach.
"I think it's important for a team to establish they can win in the third period and that was probably the most important thing tonight," said Laviolette, who got his 390th career victory. "They battled back. They didn't surrender. They just kept pushing through and you have to give them a lot of credit because they just kept their foot on the gas."