Tonawanda News — SUNRISE, Fla. — The Buffalo Sabres got the lead for a change, and held onto it thanks to a stellar performance in goal by Jhonas Enroth.
Steve Ott scored the go-ahead goal, Enroth made 44 saves and the Sabres beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 Friday night to win for just the second time in 12 games and break a three-game losing streak.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Cody Hodgson also scored for Buffalo.
Coming into the game, the Sabres (2-9-1) had led for only 9 minutes, 35 seconds this season, in their game against Tampa Bay on Oct. 8. Their other win was in a shootout against the New York Islanders on Oct. 15.
Enroth withstood a steady barrage from the Panthers, who took a season-high 45 shots. He only stumbled once when Jesse Winchester batted the puck out of the air in front and into the net for Florida's goal.
"I think I played a pretty perfect game . well, it was a perfect game, that goal they scored is one out of a hundred I think, so it was a good game for me," Enroth said. "I don't think they can do that play over again."
The Sabres went ahead 2-1 at 12:42 in the third on Ott's goal. Christian Ehrhoff took a shot from the point and Ott was able to tip it past Jacob Markstrom.
Hodgson scored an empty-net goal with 47 seconds left.
"That was a huge goal for us to score in the third," Enroth said. "Usually we give up the goal with a couple minutes left. . Hopefully we can start building on that. This is a special feeling, winning the game instead of losing when you play good."
Markstrom stopped 18 shots in the Panthers' fifth loss in six games.
The Sabres tied it 1-all on Ristolainen's goal at 13:32 of the second period. The 18-year-old rookie got his first NHL goal on a slap shot from the right circle that got past Markstrom.