Phil Kessel's head is back in the game.

So is the rest of his body, which has to keep happening for the Maple Leafs to make a serious charge to a playoff spot.

Kessel has eight goals in eight games after going without one in 14 games, and though he might not maintain a goal-a-game clip, he's going to have to be consistently productive.

"Phil, once he scores a goal, it just lights him up," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after the Leafs' 3-2 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Hopefully, it's for another six weeks. You need your best players to perform at the biggest times and we are getting that."

Kessel got the tying goal at 5:07 of the third period when a shot from the point by Carl Gunnarsson went into the net behind Marc-Andre Fleury off Kessel's pants. In extra time, Kessel made a sweet pass to Mikhail Grabovski, who had plenty of time to beat Fleury for the winner.