After spotting the Panthers an early 2-0 lead, the Devils roared back as Elias scored late in the first period and then added the equalizer 2 minutes into the second.
Carter, Clarkson and Gionta supplied one assist each for the Devils, who came into the contest eight points out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference post-season slot.
Martin Brodeur needed to make only 11 stops to register the win.
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