It will take more than a couple of wins for the Buffalo Sabres to get where they want to be. If those victories come against two of the NHL’s elite teams, however, it’ll bring the Sabres a lot closer to their happy place.

They have the opportunity.

After knocking off division-leading Boston on Friday, the Sabres welcome another of the Eastern Conference’s best to First Niagara Center this afternoon. The Pittsburgh Penguins are in town for a nationally televised 12:30 p.m. matinee, and they brought Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the league’s fourth-best record.

The Sabres have had a start to forget this season, but back-to-back wins over powerhouses just might change the mood and outlook in Sabreland.

“It was a good step against Boston, and Pittsburgh’s always an elite team,” Sabres center Tyler Ennis said Saturday. “If we can knock off both of them and make a statement, it would be good for our confidence and good just to get us back in the win column.”