It has been a trying season for the Buffalo Sabres, and their fans have spent many home games booing their team off the ice.
However, with the recent string of points and effort, the First Niagara Center was at its loudest last night, as the Sabres defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in overtime.
There's no question Buffalo has been a much harder working team since Ted Nolan has taken over the coaching duties, and now the team is starting to get results. The building was still half-empty during last night's win, but the crowd erupted when Tyler Ennis scored to tie the game at one, and he was excited to hear it.
"Yeah, I was pumped about that," Ennis said of the crowd's reaction to his goal. "It was cool The fans were actually great, even heading out to the third period, they were really loud. It's so nice to see. We want to win for these people that are dying for wins, so they were really good tonight and gave us a lot of energy."
It's hard to believe that, in the same season, this fan base had booed this team mercilessly and cheered so loudly. But that's what happens when a team shows effort, and Nolan has made sure to get his guys to work.
"I know our record, I know where we are, but to have the crowd behind us like that, it's unbelievable," John Scott said after the game. "It's something where, you can't describe it. You just get goose bumps, and you can feel the energy of the crowd. It's indescribable."
The Sabres have been on a bit of a point tear lately, but still occupy the basement of the league's standings, because of their atrocious start of the season. However, there is plenty of hockey left to be played, and Sabres fans seem to be getting back into the spirit of Buffalo hockey.
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