Wojtek Wolski scored the lone goal of the shootout, leading Florida to a 3-2 victory over Montreal at Bell Centre.
Wolski and Mikael Samuelsson tallied in regulation for the Panthers, who opened up a five-point lead on Washington in the Southeast Division after the Caps lost at home to Buffalo.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots as Florida upped its point total to 89.
Erik Cole and Louis Leblanc scored for the Canadiens, who dropped all four games to Florida in the season series.
Carey Price made 34 saves in regulation.