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GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (8-9-6-1) at Buffalo Sabres (12-11-2-1).

TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.

Shane Doan hopes to get Phoenix back to .500 as the Coyotes continue a five-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres.

Doan has four goals and nine points in his last seven games. The 27-year-old right wing had an assist in one of the Coyotes' best wins of the season, a 3-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

"We worked hard for the full game -- not always the smartest, but we did work hard," Doan said.

David Tanabe had a goal and an assist in the third period to lead the Coyotes, who are 1-0-1 since snapping a three-game losing streak. The victory was a huge lift for Tanabe, who was unhappy with his effort Sunday in Phoenix's 3-3 tie with Boston.

"I didn't feel I was that effective in Boston," Tanabe said. "I wanted to try and do better tonight. You have to take what the game gives you."

Tyson Nash also scored for the Coyotes and former Devils goalie Sean Burke made 27 saves, including 14 in the first period.

The Sabres have won three of four, including a 3-2 win over the injury-plagued Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Dmitri Kalinin and Maxim Afinogenov scored in the final period, while Daniel Briere had a goal and an assist.

"It was the type of game where we stayed patient," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We didn't give up a lot of opportunities against a team that was hurting."

The Sabres, who've won three straight at home, will play six of their next eight at in Buffalo.

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