SUNRISE, Fla. - Cody Franson scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Sam Reinhart added a power-play goal early in the third and the improving Buffalo Sabres held off the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.
Brian Gionta also scored for the Sabres, and Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists. Linus Ullmark stopped 36 shots during his fifth start in six games.
Buffalo, last in the NHL the past two seasons, upped its record to 8-8-0 with its fifth victory in six games. Led by newcomer Ryan O'Reilly and rookie star Jack Eichel, the Sabres have won three straight road games for the first time since March 2012.
Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for Florida, and Jaromir Jagr had an assist. Roberto Luongo made 15 saves but has allowed at least three goals in each of his last four games.