It was instant karma. It was just the right blend of ingredients that lifted the Florida Panthers out of their lethargy.

After his team generated three goals while losing three in a row, coach Kevin Dineen played a hunch in matching streaking Shawn Matthias on a line with energetic young forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller.

The combo clicked for three goals and six of the 11 points in Thursday's 5-4 shootout victory over Buffalo.

"They all have individual traits, but it was instant chemistry out there," Dineen said. "Matty's a hot stick and Jon and Peter had good chemistry, and putting Matty between those [two] seems to make sense."

Matthias, who scored two of the goals, is on the best scoring binge of his career. With 12 goals, he has already surpassed his previous career high of 10 — that in 35 games of a lockout-shortened season.

"I think that progression is just natural. I thought Matty had good stretches for us last year. But not to the consistency that we've seen over the last month and a half," Dineen said.

Nothing magical or mystical about it. The effort is evident every time Matthias steps on the ice. His second goal came after he outworked two Sabres to get the puck to Mueller. He then pounced on the rebound of Mueller's shot to score.