The Panthers had two goals disallowed in the third period and clanged five off the iron goal-posts. But the last one struck gold.

Brad Boyes scored the tying goal in the third and the lone shootout tally that ricocheted off the post and then caromed off the skate of goalie Jhonas Enroth to give the Panthers a sorely needed 2-1 victory over the lowly Sabres Thursday night at First Niagara Center.

Despite being a team in total flux with the hiring general manager Tim Murray earlier in the day, the Sabres are somehow 6-0-2 in their last eight home games. The Panthers evened up a chilly road trip at 1-1 with the finale on Saturday in New Jersey.

Panthers goalie Tim Thomas (23 saves) stopped all three shots in the shootout to even his record to 11-11-2 this season and 5-1-1 over his last seven starts.

"I think everyone in here would say we could be better,'' Thomas said. "The good news is we picked it up in the third period and found a way to come out with the two points. … [Boyes] is the finisher.''