Tyler Myers made it 2-0 six seconds after Atlanta received a penalty for too many men on the ice. The Sabres won the faceoff, and Myers' shot from the left point deflected off two Atlanta players for the goal at 1:30 of the second period.
"We can't play all year long taking too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties," Ramsay said.
Buffalo entered the game 2-for-24 (8.3 percent) on the power play.
"Yeah, either way it felt good to capitalize on the power play," Myers said. "We've been struggling a little bit with that here at the start so it felt good to get one tonight."
After the aforementioned McCormick, who had 10 goals in 195 career NHL games prior to Saturday but now has two in his last two, scored 64 seconds after Myers, Ramsay called his timeout. McCormick finished off a 2-on-2 with the noisome Gaustad, who skated down the left side. Mason stopped his wrist shot from close range but McCormick pounced on the loose puck and cashed in the rebound.
Ramsay said he tried to remind his team during the timeout that they had been there before and rallied to come back. He said that the Thrashers were "doing crazy things" and that Buffalo was "just picking us apart."
|Tyler Ennis (1) ASST: Steve Montador (3), Chris Butler (1)|
1 - 0 BUF
|PPG - Tyler Myers (1) ASST: Chris Butler (2), Derek Roy (2)|
2 - 0 BUF
|Cody McCormick (2) ASST: Paul Gaustad (2), Craig Rivet (1)|
3 - 0 BUF
|PPG - Toby Enstrom (2) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (3), Andrew Ladd (4)|
3 - 1 BUF
|Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Drew Stafford (4), Steve Montador (4)|
4 - 1 BUF
|Tyler Myers Slashing against Alexander Burmistrov|
|Chris Mason Hi-sticking against Michael Grier|
|Nigel Dawes Too many men/ice - bench|
|Jochen Hecht Tripping against Johnny Oduya|
|Drew Stafford Slashing against Rich Peverley|
|Andrew Ladd Tripping against Tim Connolly|
|Ben Eager Hi-sticking against Drew Stafford|
|Jochen Hecht Hooking against Ben Eager|
|Dustin Byfuglien Interference against Paul Gaustad|
|Ben Eager Hi stick - double minor against Steve Montador|