It was also their first regulation win of the season, as the first victory came in a shootout over the New York Islanders back on Oct. 15.
Despite being outshot 45-21 in the game, Steve Ott’s goal in the latter half of the third period was able to propel the Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the Panthers.
While they came out with the win, the Sabres didn’t exactly get the start they wanted, with the Panthers scoring the first goal 13:58 into the game. Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim brought the puck into the Sabres zone along the left wing on a 3-on-2 before sending a cross-ice pass to Jesse Winchester. Winchester then batted the puck out of mid-air past Sabres’ goalie Jhonas Enroth from just in front of the net to put the Panthers up 1-0.
The Sabres, however, were able to even the score in the second period on rookie defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen’s first NHL goal. Thomas Vanek carried the puck from behind the Panther’s net before sending a pass out front to Cody Hodgson. Hodgson was unable to get his stick on it though, and the puck went back to the right point to Ristolainen. Ristolainen then quickly fired a snap shot that was able to find its way passed Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom to even the score at 1-1 with 6:28 remaining in the second period.
The Sabres were eventually able to break the tie 12:42 into the third period on road captain Steve Ott’s first goal of the season. Mikhail Grigorenko carried the puck into the Panthers zone along the right wing before backhanding a shot that went wide into the corner. Marcus Foligno then recovered the puck and sent a pass back to the left point to Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff then fired a slap shot that Ott was able to redirect pass Markstrom from just in front of the net to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead.
Cody Hodgson was later able to ice the game for the Sabres with an empty-net goal with 47 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Sabres.
With Ryan Miller getting the night off, Jhonas Enroth saw plenty of action in his fourth start of the season, stopping 44 of the Panthers 45 shots in the game. He is now 1-2-1 on the season with a .932 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average.
Jakob Markstrom made 18 saves on 20 shots for the Panthers, getting the start with Tim Thomas sidelined again with his second injury of the season.
With the win, the Sabres are now 2-9-1 after the first 12 games of the 2013-2014 season. Their next game is Saturday, October 26 in Tampa Bay against the Lighting at 7 p.m. Eastern.