James Vesey's face said it all.
The Sabres kicked off their Fathers' Trip with a hard-fought, 4-1 victory in Dallas on Thursday. Jimmy Vesey, Rasmus Dahlin, Michael Frolik, and Zemgus Girgensons all scored goals while Linus Ullmark made 28 saves.
The team has now won three straight games and five of its last seven. Buffalo has one game remaining before the bye week, in Nashville on Saturday night.
Here's what you need to know.
About last night
Video: Condensed Game: Sabres @ Stars
Ralph Krueger spoke before the game about the challenge presented by the Stars, who boasted an NHL-best average of 2.44 goals against per game. At the end of the night, he was remarking on how his team rose to the occasion in the first, weathered a push in the second, and shut the door in the third.
"I was just really proud with how the guys came out in the third and were comfortable with the 2-1 lead once we had it and just managed it," Krueger said. "… I thought it was just a really good evening of learning for us and growing. Just pleased with the team effort that happened here throughout the whole game."
It was a particularly strong night for the penalty kill, which went a perfect 4-for-4 against a Dallas power play that had been the hottest in the league since the beginning of January. Buffalo's last kill of the night began with the Sabres still nursing a 2-1 lead with 3:35 remaining. It ended with Frolik depositing a shorthanded, empty-net goal, his first with the team.
Frolik finished the night leading the team in shots (5) and shorthanded ice time (4:03). He caught up with Rob Ray afterward.
Video: Michael Frolik with Rayzor
Check out the Postgame Report for plenty more on the victory, including reactions from Frolik and Krueger, stats and more.
Video: BUF@DAL: Vesey finishes nice feed from Reinhart
Jack Eichel tallied the secondary assist on Vesey's goal, extending his point streak to nine games. He's now one of two players - along with Boston's David Pastrnak - to record two separate point streaks of nine games or more this season.
Inside the locker room
Video: POSTGAME: Ullmark
Video: POSTGAME: Frolik
Video: POSTGAME: Dahlin
Video: POSTGAME: Krueger
The Sabres' dads are keeping busy as they tag along on the team's road trip in Dallas and Nashville. Yesterday included a pregame meeting with the coaching staff and a tour of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Watch Krueger address the dads in the video below and follow along in our Fathers' Trip photo gallery throughout the weekend.
Video: Krueger addresses Sabres dads in locker room
Our latest Sabres Memory looks back on one of the most memorable goals (and calls) in franchise history. Hear Brad May, Rick Jeanneret, and more famous Sabres look back on the May Day goal:
Video: Sabres Memories: May Day!