The Sabres were tested last night and they came away with a point on the road.
Trailing 3-2 late in the third period, Victor Olofsson scored a power-play goal to force overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Linus Ullmark made 40 saves, but the last shot he saw went in as Alexandre Texier potted the winning goal 2:06 into the fourth period.
Buffalo is back at practice today and they'll host Montreal to kick off a three-game homestand on Wednesday. Every fan in attendance will receive a Golden Season magnet schedule.
Here's what you need to know.
About last night
Video: BUF Recap: Sabres' late rally falls short in OT loss
From the Lexus Postgame Report…
It took three games, but the Sabres finally got their first taste of adversity.
After not trailing at all in a pair of season-opening wins, the Sabres trailed the Columbus Blue Jackets twice inside Nationwide Arena on Monday. They erased a two-goal deficit in the second period and forced overtime after going down by one in the third.
Alexandre Texier ultimately capitalized on a defensive-zone turnover in overtime to hand the Sabres their first loss of the season, 4-3. Despite the outcome, Marcus Johansson saw a silver lining in the way his team grinded out a road point on an otherwise off night.
Video: POSTGAME: Johansson
"We let them do their thing and got away from our game a little bit," Johansson said. "It cost us, but I think we showed a lot of character to come back into this game. Even if it didn't end the way we wanted it to, we got one point out of it and I think that was big.
"It showed character in this room and there's no quit. So, it's a big one point."
Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger
Video: POSTGAME: Victor Olofsson
Video: POSTGAME: Ullmark
Johansson said the Sabres would not have gotten a point if not for the performance of Linus Ullmark, who made 40 saves in his season debut.
Ullmark set the tone with a breakaway stop on Alexander Wennberg with the Sabres on the power play in the first period and continued to make key saves to keep his team within shouting distance throughout regulation.
Video: BUF@CBJ: Ullmark denies Wennberg's breakaway chance
"Linus gave us a chance," head coach Ralph Krueger said. "Overall, for me, it was an off night and if on off nights we dig out points on the road like this, we can learn with some pain but not as much as we maybe could have had if Linus didn't play that way."
Read the full Postgame Report here.
It's time for another #Sabres50 history lesson
George "Punch" Imlach was the first coach and general manager in Sabres history. Learn a little bit more about him in this Labatt Sabres Hall of Fame profile:
Video: Sabres Hall of Fame Profile: Punch Imlach