Anderson turned aside all 11 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes, including several close-in chances as the Senators clung to a one-goal lead.
Kyle Turris got the go-ahead goal early in the second period and the Sens hung on to take a second consecutive win for the first time since early November.
Mika Zibanejad also scored and Clarke MacArthur added an empty-netter.
Joel Ward scored and Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for the Caps, who fell for the fourth time in five games.
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