The Buffalo Sabres erased a two-goal deficit and scored four-unanswered goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets tonight.
The Sabres dominated play in the first period, outshooting the Jets 19-7. However, Buffalo found themselves in a familiar hole in the second period, allowing a pair of goals to Mark Scheifele. The Sabres didn't give up, though, and rallied with a goal from captain Steve Ott in the second period. Buffalo would score three goals in the third period, including one from Matt Ellis to seal the victory.
"It's great to be able to contribute to a victory and hopefully move forward here," Ellis said after the game. "It's a real big step for this hockey club. Obviously, I haven't been here that long. It's been a couple of days, but I was a part of the organization and you kind of follow what goes on and to be able to dig ourselves out, that's a great character win. That's a huge building block and it's something we can definitely build on."
Buffalo earned their first regulation win since Ted Nolan took the team over on Nov. 15. Although, the Sabres have played much better during Nolan's reign, the team is happy to see some positive results for a change.
"We've continued to put the hard work in and the work ethic and it's nice to finally see some production," Ott said. "We scored four goals tonight. I've said many times if you score three or four goals in this league you have a strong chance of winning on a nightly basis."
Is tonight's win the beginning of a playoff push for the Sabres? Probably not, as they are still buried in last place even with the two points. But the effort has been there and the team is relieved to get a regulation win on home ice.
Buffalo will hope to make it two in a row on Thursday when they play host to the Boston Bruins.
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