by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators are feeling relief after ending their losing streak with an impressive 4-2 victory over the NHL-leading Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.
"You can tell today in the workout, it's only one game we're aware of that, but it's a big relief," forward Antoine Vermette said after the club's off-ice workout at their hotel in New York, where they're preparing for Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils.
"Especially with the way we won. We came back in the third, which is what we have to do. So many times we've seen the opposite go against us, so it was great to see that against a team like (Buffalo) who is having a lot of success this year. It's one game we're hoping will be a turning point to this season."
Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about the emotion on the bench during the late stages of the game against the Sabres.
"In the third period when we tied it up, our bench, I guess I haven't felt it that alive in a long time," Murray said. "When Spezz (Sens centre Jason Spezza) took the penalty there was a little groan and then when we won the game everybody was relieved, obviously. I think more importantly (the players) saw the reward of a pretty hard-working effort on their part.
"The comment we made in the room is it was an opportunity in the third period. It was something where we can prove the doubters wrong, that we could go out and be down by a goal to one of the best, if not the best, teams in the league and come back and win. It would really be something to build on. We went out and we were able to do it."
A day after the win, Murray noticed a more positive atmosphere around the team.
"They were smiling a little bit in the workout room (this morning)," Murray said. "(The win) takes a little burden away for a day at least. You have to carry on with it and win more games going forward."