Marcus Foligno scored twice, and Ryan Miller stopped 15 of 16 shots to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Foligno, who scored at 19:55 for the only goal of the first period, broke a 1-1 tie at 14:51 of the second. Each goal came at even strength.
Mikhail Grigorenko added an insurance goal for Buffalo at 9:23 of the third period, and Matt Hackett stopped all nine shots he faced after relieving Miller.
"That's where it starts, from the net out, and they had a strong performance tonight," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said of his goaltenders.
R.J. Umberger scored for the Blue Jackets, 4:29 into the second period. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 13 of 15 shots before being relieved by Mike McKenna, who made 12 saves.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was not happy by his split-squad's effort. Columbus opens its regular season Oct. 4 against the Calgary Flames.
"One thing concerns me: Are we waiting for Oct. 4? We can't just turn it on then," he said.