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.
"That's where it starts, from the net out, and they had a strong performance tonight," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said of his goaltenders.
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.
|Marcus Foligno (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Tyler Myers (1), Cody Hodgson (1)|
1 - 0 BUF
|R.J. Umberger (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Erixon (1), Josh Anderson (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Marcus Foligno (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
2 - 1 BUF
|Mikhail Grigorenko (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Corey Tropp (1), Zemgus Girgensons (1)|
3 - 1 BUF
|Boone Jenner Holding - 2 min against Zemgus Girgensons|
|Fedor Tyutin Holding - 2 min against Tyler Myers|
|Tyler Myers Roughing - 2 min against Boone Jenner|
|Zemgus Girgensons Interference - 2 min against Jonathan Marchessault|
|Jerome Leduc Hooking - 2 min against Derek MacKenzie|
|R.J. Umberger Hi stick - double minor - 4 min against Joel Armia|