Travis Zajac was New Jersey's savior on Tuesday after his overtime goal lifted the Devils to a 3-2 win over Florida and forced a Game Seven decider in their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series.

On the brink of elimination, the Devils came out all guns blazing and built a 2-0 lead on goals from Steve Bernier and Ilya Kovalchuk.

However, the visiting Panthers clawed their way back to 2-2 before the end of the second period after Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim beat Devils' netminder Martin Brodeur.

Zajac said New Jersey had gone into overtime confident of getting the winner.

"We said, 'It's there for us, we just need to push'. We did that, and we were able to get one," Zajac told reporters.

��"We have to duplicate this game," he added.

The Devils, who outshot the Panthers 42-16, will travel to Florida for the series finale on Thursday.

Goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 39 stops for the Panthers, who are looking for their first playoff series win since 1996.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)