The Senators powerless power play has come under much scrutiny of late, mostly as its ineffectiveness has pushed the team toward the outskirts of the playoff picture.

But Thursday night in Philly, the power play rose to a key occasion and helped stop Ottawa's longest losing streak of the season at five games.

"Hip, hip, horray," said coach Paul MacLean following the game.

"It was a special teams game again tonight. "Our special teams ended up winning the game, and I thought we got some great play out of our whole group," he said.

With Claude Giroux serving four minutes for high-sticking Mika Zibanejad's face, the Senators remembered how to take advantage of a man-advantage.

Patrick Wiercioch sprung Colin Greening for a breakaway, and the big winger put a shot over Ilya Bryzgalov's left shoulder with 5:36 left in the third to lead the Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Daniel Alfredsson's empty netter with seven seconds left sealed the victory.

Robin Lehner was solid in Ottawa's goal, stopping 24 shots.

If the Flyers did have any realistic hope of making the playoffs, it is gone now. The Senators, who were edging closer to the ninth spot in the standings, can breathe a little easier as they head to New Jersey for the final test of a six-game road trip.

The win leaves them with a 1-4 mark on the journey to this point.

Before Greening's goal, the Senators had scored just once in 25 power-play chances.

"Given the gravity of the situation, five losses in a row, we're in a playoff hunt right now. It was a similar situation as the last five games. Tied going into the third period. Last five games it's always been the opposing team that's gotten the goal to go ahead, which has been frustrating," he said.