Nashville led for the majority of the third period but a late leveller from Ducks defender Francois Beauchemin forced overtime at Honda Center, and Kesler???s wrist-shot secured their 20th one-goal win this season.
???Good teams know how to win those one-goal games,??? said Kesler. ???That???s what they are in playoffs. They???re tight, one-goal games.
???If we know how to win them now, it???s going to make it that much easier in the playoffs.???
Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry also had goals in regulation for the league-leading Ducks, and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.
Seth Jones and Craig Smith had power-play goals in the second period and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Predators. Backup goalie Carter Hutton stopped 30 shots, but remained winless in five starts this season.
The Ducks tied it with 2:17 left in regulation as Beauchemin poked the puck past Hutton’s right skate during a goalmouth scramble for his second goal of an injury-plagued campaign.
Anaheim are 11 points clear at the top of the Pacific Division, while the Predators are level on points with Chicago in Central Division after the Blackhawks defeated Dallas Stars 5-4 in overtime.