Like his team, Drew Stafford went from frigid to sweltering. The turnaround got them off the beaten path.

Stafford, who’d been plodding through a career-worst slump, scored the opening goal and helped key a third-period rally that gave Buffalo a 4-2 victory over Boston on Friday. After getting booed off the ice following the second period, the Sabres scored three times in the third to bring life to First Niagara Center.

“It’s just a character win against a team like that,” Stafford said. “It always feels good to beat them, and it’s definitely a statement by us to be able to come back. I think in the third period we were by far the better team.”

Stafford was by far the best dressed.

During the postgame celebration, the right winger donned a dark brown fur coat emblazoned with a Sabres logo on the back. After being given the cold shoulder by many during his slump, he was the center of attention in the dressing room. As sweat poured off his face, he was ready to go back into the shadows.

“This jacket’s really hot, so I kind of want to get this over with,” he said with a smile to the pack of media personnel.

Stafford had every reason to celebrate after scoring the first goal, but the Sabre with the biggest drought kept it calm – on the outside, anyway.

“That’s something I’ve been working for, and finally it’s nice to get rewarded,” said Stafford, who went 17 games without a goal. “I’ve been waiting for it to happen. Finally, it went in. It was a good feeling.