Christian Ehrhoff helped his team recapture some pride, set up two goals and delivered another minute-hogging performance.

He walked away from it with a bruised midsection and battered psyche.

Like the rest of the Buffalo Sabres, Ehrhoff spent Monday recuperating from a bitter 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The new collective bargaining agreement requires teams to give their players four days off during every full calendar month, and the Sabres stuck with their plan to take a respite. They’ll return to First Niagara Center today to host the Winnipeg Jets.

Although there’s no telling what to expect from the Sabres – they’ve lost three of four but were minutes away from a weekend sweep of elite teams – it’s nearly certain Ehrhoff’s involvement will be significant.

The defenseman led the Sabres with 24 minutes, 18 seconds of ice time Sunday against Pittsburgh. He’s played at least 23 minutes in 11 straight games and paced the team in all of them.

“I feel comfortable,” said Ehrhoff, whose average of 24:33 ranks 23rd in the NHL. “Obviously, I like playing a lot.”