DALLAS - Jason Pominville scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and goalie Ryan Miller turned aside five of six attempts in the Buffalo Sabres' 5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
The Sabres rallied from a three-goal, second-period deficit to send the game into overtime and the shootout, and Pominville ended it when he beat Stars goalie Marty Turco with a wrist shot. The goaltenders prevailed in the first four rounds before Jere Lehtinen connected for Dallas in the fifth. But Buffalo's Derek Roy extended the tiebreaker when he backhanded the puck past Turco.
Paul Gaustad had two goals for the Sabres.
The Stars held a 3-0 lead in the second period and carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. Dallas was in front 4-2 midway through the third period before the Sabres struck for two goals in a 15-second span.
Gaustad fired into an open net from close range at 9:54, and Clarke MacArthur was alone in front of the net to tie the game at four on a deflection at 10:09.
Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres.
Matt Niskanen and Steve Ott had power-play goals for the Stars, who also got goals from Trevor Daley and Brad Richards.
Dallas' power play began the night 26th in the NHL at 14.4 per cent, but Niskanen and Ott capitalized on both of the Stars' first-period man-advantage opportunities to grab early momentum.
Buffalo had 18 straight successful penalty-kills over five games entering Thursday night.
The Sabres were coming off a 4-1 loss in Chicago on Wednesday night and are in the midst of a stretch of nine road games in a 10-game span. The Sabres return home from a three-game road trip Saturday night against Carolina, then head back on the road for a six-game trip.
The Sabres got off to a slow start in the second game of the road back-to-back, being outshot in the first period, 12-5.
Niskanen gave Dallas the lead at 10:44 of the opening period, firing a one-timer past Miller from the high slot after a feed from Lehtinen.
Buffalo's Drew Stafford was serving a penalty on Niskanen's goal, and Stafford was back in the penalty box when Ott made it 2-0 on a power-play breakaway at 14:40 of the first period. Mike Modano's long breakout pass sent Ott in alone to beat Miller with a backhand shot.
Daley's shot-pass from just inside the blue line got past a screened Miller at 2:47 of the second period, stretching Dallas' lead to 3-0.
But from that point the Sabres elevated their game in the second period, holding a 10-3 shots edge, and Gaustad's power-play deflection at 13:12 of the second period pulled Buffalo to 3-1.
Hecht's goal at 3:01 of the third period narrowed the deficit to 3-2, but Richards scored from the right circle 48 seconds later to restore Dallas' two-goal edge.
Notes: The Stars have gone to overtime in eight of their last 13 games. ... Buffalo is 5-2 in shootouts this season. ... Turco picked up an assist on Ott's goal, his third of the season. ... Craig Rivet's assist on Gaustad's goal was the 200th of his career.